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Schillizzi 1 Matt Schillizzi Prof. Meehan Music in American Society 5 October 2010 Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, the Philadelphia Orchestra held a free concert for college students at the Kimmel Center. The pieces they performed were Berlioz’s Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major. The whole concert lasted about two hours. The conductor was Charles Dutoit, and the featured violinist of Mendelssohn’s work was the prestigious Joshua Bell. Of the three pieces, the one that captured most of the audience’s attention was Mahler’s First. The instrumentation was as follows: four flutes (three doubled on piccolo), four oboes (one doubled on English horn), four clarinets (one doubled on bass clarinet, and another doubled on E-flat clarinet), three bassoons (one doubled on contrabassoon), eight french horns, five trumpets, three trombones, one bass trombone, and one tuba, two timpanists, three percussionists (who covered triangle, bass drum, cymbals, and tam-tam), and first violins, second violins, violas, celli, basses, and one harp. There was no dedication for this concert, because it was for college students in the Philadelphia area to experience what the Philadelphia Orchestra is all about for free. Personally, I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the eZseatU tickets. These tickets enable me to attend any number of concerts throughout the season for a solid price of $25. I plan on taking full advantage of this and seeing them twice a month.
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Schillizzi 2 As for Mahler’s First, the Philadelphia Orchestra really did exemplify their professional capabilities. Their intonation was great (aside from a glitch in the timpani), their dynamics were very drastic and fully balanced, their rhythms were very accurate, and the tone color produced from each instrument was astonishing. It was amazing to hear some of the varying sounds that the winds were producing through techniques such as lifting their bells, being muted, playing “in sehr weiter Entfernung aufgestellt” (off stage), and playing “etwas hervortretend” (or jutting out). Hearing a professional clarinet player blow such a fast, solid stream of air through their instrument and making that timbre is remarkable, and is such a beautiful, warm color of sound. This last technique appeared in the first movement between the flute and the clarinet, and Mahler depicted these eight-note decorations of descending
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