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Nicole Willock Video Program Notes Video # 10 I. Composer : Loiellet Title of Piece : Sonata in a Minor Instrumentation : guitar, flute II. Lecture Notes : The word sonata has several meanings. In music written after 1750, it can mean that we are listening to an instrumental piece with three or four movements. A symphony can be thought of as a sonata for orchestra. Another meaning of the word sonata is used to describe the organization of a single movement. This refers to the way the music is put together. In both cases, we are talking about music from the classic period on. When describing sonata in music written before 1750, it has a more direct meaning. Coming straight from the Italian word itself, sonata means we will listen to instrumental music. The Loilellet piece used the word sonata in its early meaning since it was written before 1750. III. Biographical Information on Composer : Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant was born in 1688 in Belgium. His family business was music. They were typical professional musicians of the time. They provided royalty with music, taught their children, and of course wrote music for themselves and other musicians. The Loeillet Family has been confused by historians because their names were all so very similar. Dr. Paul Bergmans unraveled the mystery and set everyone straight in the 1920s. Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant was given his name for clarification because he spent most of his time on the continent. He was a composer, harpsichordist, and proficient on wind instruments. Loeillet was in the service of the archbishop of Lyons, France. He wrote a significant number of chamber works, three books of 12 sonatas for recorder and basso continuo, and two books of 6 sonatas for flutes, oboe or violin, and basso continuo. He died in 1720. His music was typical of the times and popular through the centuries. IV. Musical Description and Personal Reaction : Adagio – The piece has a soft and flowing sound. The guitar and flute are very different instruments, but they meet in harmony for this first movement. The music has an ancient renaissance feel to it. The tone is relaxed, but does not seem to be happy or sad. It reminds me of a typical day during the renaissance period in the movies, where the musician lays around and plays his song. Allegro – The second movement is a little faster than the first. It continues with that same lighthearted sound as the first. It seems a little more upbeat than the first movement. The repetitions and subtle notes make me think this tune could fit perfectly in a children’s storybook. Adagio – This movement has a slow tempo. It has a light tone that compliments the first two movements. It is more relaxed than that last movement. The guitar and flute continue to compliment each other throughout the piece.
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Giga – This movement has a much more upbeat sound to it right from the very beginning. The movements’ tempo seed seems to go back and fourth. They alternate calm and flowing with a more upbeat rhythm.
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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 - Tampa.

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