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Nicole Willock Video Program Notes Video # 4 I. Composer : Brahms Title of Piece : Instrumentation : II. Lecture Notes : Brahms is a protector of classical music. He had a reputation as being conservative, but was seen as a forward thinking composer. He was a progressive hidden beneath a conservative. Brahms reworked pieces again and again. There are four pieces to the composition. It is full of energy and romanticism. It is truly a progressive work. III. Biographical Information on Composer : He is one of the three Bs when you think of classical music. The other two are Beethoven and Bach. The critics always considered him conservative until Arnold Schoenberg wrote a book explaining his reasoning why Brahms should be considered a progressive. Johannes Brahms was born in 1833 in Germany. His first professional experience was as a member of his father's music group. Brahms was very self-critical and could not stand to be complimented. He did look to his trusted friends for advice including Robert Schumann who called him "the young eagle" and Clara Schumann who helped promote his work. He did not compose a symphony until the middle years after much persuasion from his friends. The results were works that are famously noted. He died in 1897 of cancer. IV. Musical Description and Personal Reaction : Allegro con moto - The first piece has subtle harmonic sounds. It is soft and flowing. I like how some parts are played quickly and some are played slowly and then the music changes and the notes are played quickly again. It makes me imagine a fairy tale with happy ending. Scherzo(Allegro Molto) - There are tiny repetitious segments that make this piece interesting. The violin breaks harmony with the cello and piano at many times to produce different kinds of repetitions. I like this piece the best. Adagio non Troppo - This piece has a combined harmony that works very well. It is slow emotional music that has a very soft tone. It is slow and sad and reminds me of a rainy day. I could fall asleep listening to it because it is so peaceful. Allegro Molto Agitado - All three instruments are in harmony for this piece. It has the combined repetitions like the second piece to make it interesting. They are in larger segments. The music has a lighter feel to it than the other pieces. The melody changes and with it, the tone. It becomes more dramatic and heavy further into the piece and then comes back to the original light melody. This is more varied than any of the other pieces.
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Video # 4 I. Composer : Duparc Title of Piece : Four Songs Instrumentation : piano II. Lecture Notes : Duparc's entire reputation consists of seventeen songs. He is considered a prolific composer. He is one of a kind and held in high regard. Duparc suffered from a stress related mental breakdown and couldn't compose any longer. He died in 1933. Duparc was a minor figure in music until the 20th Century. In 1945 lost songs started to surface. He tried to destroy copies of his music because of anguish caused
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2010 for the course MUL 3001 taught by Professor Unknown during the Fall '06 term at University of South Florida.

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