Muscic Comments #4 - The Moldau(1874 Smetana The continuous...

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Guo Yuxin P C1 #15 Professor Farber Arts 2203, section 1 December 2, 2007 Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (1830-1831) By Chopin This is a very a melodious piano music. There is one main theme appears in the beginning and then it is repeated again, leaving a very impressive image in my mind. A bridge melody with stronger beats transfers the scale upward, leading to the second theme. It is a piece played by a single instrument with several variations of the main theme on tempo, melody and dynamics. In the ending part, the music becomes stronger and faster suddenly, and then falls back to peace.
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Unformatted text preview: The Moldau (1874) Smetana The continuous melody played by the flutes created a flowing effect, creating a sense of water floating in the river. Then the triangle strikes, leading to the strings taking part the main theme, which repeats twice. The horns join in the music and add some power to the melody. The strings trill, indicating a new theme which forms a striking contrast with the first theme. The second theme is different on mood, tempo and melody. The harp brings the whole orchestra back to the river theme and the music ends with the variation of the first theme....
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