MUSI 3312 Midterm

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  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor

    Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor
    It is one of the best-known compositions and was premiered during the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras. It contains a distinctive four-note "short-short-short-long" motif that reoccurs throughout the four movements.
  • Schubert Erlkönig

    Schubert Erlkönig
    Erlkönig is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and reflects a curiosity of supernatural phenomena during the romantic era. The poem was turned into a vocal piece by Schubert, where the music and poem depict a child being lured and killed by a supernatural being, a king of fairies.
  • Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia

    Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    The Barber of Seville is a two-act opera buffa based on French comedy from 1775. Opera Buffa allows for certain flexibility and dialogue to tell the story in a more comical way.
  • Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin, op. 1

    Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin, op. 1
    The Caprices were written in 1805, published in 1820, and are in the form of études, with each number exploring different advanced violin skills. It was deemed unplayable many, but allowed for professional musicians to show off their virtuosity.
  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

    Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
    Symphonie fantastique is one of the first programmatic symphonies where the instrumental music depicts something non-musical such as a story or landscape. In this case, the music is inspired by Shakespearean actress, Harriet Smithson, and her life.
  • Chopin Mazurkas Op. 7 (1830-1832)

    Chopin Mazurkas Op. 7 (1830-1832)
    Mazurkas Op. 7 is a set of five Mazurkas dedicated to M. Johns de la Nouvelle-Orleans. These pieces are inspired by traditional Polish dances and folk music.
  • Mendelssohn Das Jahr

    Mendelssohn Das Jahr
    Das Jahar is a 12-part piano suite, and each part represents a month of the year. This style of writing, character pieces, is emblematic of the romantic era.
  • Gottschalk Souvenir de Porto Rico (1857-1858)

    Gottschalk Souvenir de Porto Rico (1857-1858)
    Souvenir de Porto Rico was a piece from a tour in Puerto Rico and was inspired by a Puerto Rican folk Christmas piece called "Si me dan pasteles", and it incorporated afro-Cuban rhythms and ostinatos. Many say that this was one of the first pieces to use rhythms and melodies like American ragtime and jazz.
  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

    Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
    Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces composed in 1874 and it is one of the cornerstone repertoire for virtuoso pianists.
  • Bizet Carmen

    Bizet Carmen
    Carmen is a four-act opera by Bizet where musical numbers were separated by dialogue, unlike traditional opera. There is a tragedy and depicts the life of proletarians and touches topics such as immorality and lawlessness.
  • Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen
    Der Ring des Nibelungen is a four-cycle German musical work where each part is performed on separate days. It contains dialogue and references to plot points from previous days. This type of opera was logistically difficult to carry out at the time, which made it highly esteemed. It follows the struggles of gods, mythical creatures, and other supernatural phenomena.
  • Brahms' Symphony No.4

    Brahms' Symphony No.4
    Brahms' Symphony No.4 contains four movements and is one of the last symphonies to be composed during his life. It is said to be the greatest orchestral work since Beethoven.
  • Mahler Symphony No.1

    Mahler Symphony No.1
    Symphony No.1 follows the traditional four-movement form, and it was not well received during its first performance. It was only after several more performance and revisions the the piece was published in 1898. One thing striking feature is the order of movements, where the second movement is the minuet and trio and the third movement is slow. Another feature is the dramatic ending in the last movement with F minor.