Music_15_Paper_2 - violins and study Baroque performance...

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Music 15 Winter 2008 Music 15: Paper II Due at the beginning of class, Tuesday, February 19, 2008 In this assignment, you will be comparing three recordings of the same piece: the first movement of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. You can listen to the recordings on eRes. The first recording was made by Dimitri Mitropoulos and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the late forties ; the second recording was made by Wendy Carlos on a Moog synthesizer in the early seventies; and the final recording was made by Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano in 2005. The Alessandrini recording uses the principles of the historical performance movement. The proponents of this movement argue that musicians must strive to play music exactly as it was played when it was first composed. To perform a piece from the Baroque, for example, they use period instruments (brass instruments without valves and baroque violins instead of modern
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Unformatted text preview: violins) and study Baroque performance manuals to see what they might learn about performance practice of that time. In at least 3 pages (double-spaced) describe and evaluate your listening experience. How are these three recordings different? Do they use the same or different instruments? How does each group treat the underlying beat? Is one group more flexible about the time element than the others? Do they approach the concept of dynamics (loudness and softness) differently? Are there any particular passages that are emphasized more in one recording than the others? Do they treat articulation (the emphasis or de-emphasis of particular notes) in different ways? Does one performance create a more convincing dramatic trajectory than the others? Be sure to indicate which of the recordings you prefer and remember to use the terminology we have developed in class....
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