MUS 114 Listening Experience

LISTENING EXPERIENCE 6

Student MUS114 Listening Experience

Concert Review 2: ___Chamber/Solo ___Large Ensemble

Section I: Introduction(15)

Performance: CentralMichigan University Concert Chorus and Orchestra

Performance date:Saturday, November 21,2015

The concert washosted in PlachtaAuditorium located within the University’s Warriner Hall. ThePlachta Auditorium seats 1226 guests. The stage isset in a way thateven people at the back can see what is going on at the stage. Itis accomplished bydividing the building into three zones with zone C, located at thebalcony front, being raised above zone B within. Zone A, which is thelowest level, is at the front. Thisarrangement ensuresthat all people attending the event can get a clear view. The hallalso had wonderfuland impressive acoustics. The quartet that presented the song werecomposed of asoloist, three mezzo-sopranos, two tenors and two bass.Themusic was performed in three pieces with the soloist introducing andstarting off by singing two lines. Then followed by three singers ofmezzo-soprano, tenor, and bass singing a large piece, one singer thenplayed a relatively long lines and was followed by a presentation byone mezzo-soprano and then the conclusion of the song by the threemezzo-soprano, tenor and bass.When I went to the concert, I expected to be thrilled and emotionallymoved by the piece. I also expected an excellentperformance following the rules of quartet classical music.

Section II: Discussion of asong/piece you particularly enjoyed (30)

Title of Piece:The Armed Man

Composer: KarlJenkins

Compositional period/Genre:Classical

Instrumentation: Orchestra

In a paragraph discuss thefollowing:

I enjoyed the piece very much.The orchestra’s visual grandeur and the audience’s attentivenessgave me a heightened sense of excitement. The tone and pitch werealso relaxing and lifted my spirits. The orchestra waspresented as aone-movementwork in the form of a rondo,with many different tempos. The composer uses rondo form as a meansof setting the framework for the variousepisodes of the armed man’s badqualities and the religious conflicts he represents. The song had abeautifulcrescendo, starting at a slow tempo and steadily rising to an Allegroat its climax. Towards the end, the song then slowed down to Adagio.It wasusefulin creating a thrilling and engaging sensation. I even felt likesinging along. The song had aconjunct melody andobserved consonance throughout the presentation. The timbre was alsobrilliant and piercing so that it was able to arouse my emotions.

Section III: Discussion ofa song/piece you did not enjoy (30)

Title of Piece:Benedictus

Composer:Guy Wilson

Compositional period/Genre:Classical

Instrumentation: Chorus

In a paragraph discuss thefollowing:

The piece wasambiguously presented.It was too short and could not easily portray any meaning.Considering the tempo and temperature with which the piece wasintroduced, I expected more from the piece that wasnot given. Thetimbre was ok,but the tempowas too high and the tone inconsistent. The rhythm also failed toconform to the theme of the song. Thepiece waspoorly presented.The piece also had no clear melody, no sense of keywas observed,and the music had complex rhythms. Dark tones were also moreexpressive in the piece than the brilliant and highones. Itmade the piece missthe desired impression. The piece could be expected to use an allegrotempo,but instead it used Adagio which made it even more dulling.

Section IV: Conclusion (15)

In a paragraph discuss thefollowing:

All in all, I enjoyed theconcert, especially the film that accompanied the orchestra. Thesecond presentation was presented well except for the time when thegroup reached the Benedictus. Benedictus spoilt their performanceby making the song loseits melody, tone, timbre and rhythm. However, the group was able toredeem themselves in the next pieceand the song ended smoothly and enjoyably. The experience I got wasway more thrilling and fascinatingthan I had been expecting initially. From the concert, I will alwaysremember the fantastic yet troubling history of religion and peace. Iwill also remember the properconstruction of a musical group and try it out one day in my choir.The excellent use of tempo, timbre and rhythm in bringing out anenjoyable musicalexperience especially in the presentation of the quartet was one toremember for a long time.

Essay form

Last Saturday, I attended aconcert at the Central Michigan University dubbed festival Chorus andOrchestra. The event is an annual event which happens at theuniversity every year. The concert washosted in PlachtaAuditorium located within the University’s Warriner Hall. ThePlachta Auditorium seats 1226 guests. The stage isset in a way thateven people at the back can see what is going on at the stage. Itis accomplished bydividing the building into three zones with zone C, located at thebalcony front, being raised above zone B within. Zone A, which is thelowest level, is at the front. Thisarrangement ensuresthat all people attending the event can get a clear view. The hallalso had wonderfuland impressive acoustics. The quartet that presented the song werecomposed of asoloist, three mezzo-sopranos, two tenors and two bass.Themusic was performed in three pieces with the soloist introducing andstarting off by singing two lines. Then followed by three singers ofmezzo-soprano, tenor, and bass singing a large piece, one singer thenplayed a relatively long lines and was followed by a presentation byone mezzo-soprano and then the conclusion of the song by the threemezzo-soprano, tenor and bass.When I went to the concert, I expected to be thrilled and emotionallymoved by the piece. I also expected an excellentperformance following the rules of quartet classical music.

Many songs were presented thatevening in which some I enjoyed most while others I did not enjoy.The piece that I enjoyed most was The Armed Man. The piece is aclassical composition of Karl Jenkins with orchestra instrumentation. I enjoyed the piece very much. The orchestra’s visual grandeur andthe audience’s attentiveness gave me a heightened sense ofexcitement. The tone and pitch werealso relaxing and lifted my spirits. The orchestra waspresented as aone-movementwork in the form of a rondo,with many different tempos. The composer uses rondo form as a meansof setting the framework for the variousepisodes of the armed man’s badqualities and the religious conflicts he represents. The song had abeautifulcrescendo, starting at a slow tempo and steadily rising to an Allegroat its climax. Towards the end, the song then slowed down to Adagio.It wasusefulin creating a thrilling and engaging sensation. I even felt likesinging along. The song had aconjunct melody andobserved consonance throughout the presentation. The timbre was alsobrilliant and piercing so that it was able to arouse my emotions.

Despite all that enjoyment, someother songs were very boring. Benedictus came out to be a song that Idid not enjoy the most. The piece, with a classical compositionalperiod was composed by Guy Wilson. The piece wasambiguously presented.It was too short and could not easily portray any meaning.Considering the tempo and temperature with which the piece wasintroduced, I expected more from the piece that wasnot given. Thetimbre was ok,but the tempowas too high and the tone inconsistent. The rhythm also failed toconform to the theme of the song. Thepiece waspoorly presented.The piece also had no clear melody, no sense of keywas observed,and the music had complex rhythms. Dark tones were also moreexpressive in the piece than the brilliant and highones. Itmade the piece missthe desired impression. The piece could be expected to use an allegrotempo,but instead it used Adagio which made it even more dulling.

All in all, I enjoyed theconcert, especially the film that accompanied the orchestra. Thesecond presentation was presented well except for the time when thegroup reached the Benedictus. The group spoilt their performanceby making the song loseits melody, tone, timbre and rhythm. However, the group was able toredeem themselves in the next pieceand the song ended smoothly and enjoyably. The experience I got wasway more thrilling and fascinatingthan I had been expecting initially. From the concert, I will alwaysremember the fantastic yet troubling history of religion and peace. Iwill also remember the properconstruction of a musical group and try it out one day in my choir.The excellent use of tempo, timbre and rhythm in bringing out anenjoyable musicalexperience especially in the presentation of the quartet was one toremember for a long time.