Romantic era music Essay

1. Schubert, Trout Quintet, 4th movement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlxVTpEyMEw)

            This movement has a moderately-paced tempo and is in duple meter. It is mostly in the major mode. There is one variations are in the minor mode, and even though theme and variation movements do not normally have modulations, this one does. The melody is simple becomes more ornate and decorate as the variations progress. This melody gets passed around among the instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano.

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            I liked that this movement contained a variety of moods and emotions, even the same melody formed the basis of the entire movement. At times, such as at the beginning, the mood was tranquil and reminded me of a relaxing day by a river. At other times, the mood was more tormented, as if there was a storm that was agitating the waters. In the video, I enjoyed seeing the interactions among the chamber musicians, but I did not like the image of the trout that kept appearing. I felt it detracted from the recital atmosphere.

2. Paganini, Caprice No. 24 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MakiMAUwrBk)

            This work for violin solo is also a theme and variations. It is in the minor mode and has a duple meter. The tempo is moderate, but there are quite a lot of shorter note values. The melody that serves as the theme for this caprice contains a lot of skips. It is rather simple and repetitive. The harmonies are likewise quite simple. The complexity in this piece comes in the form of the variety of techniques that violinist is required to use. For example, there are a lot of sections where the violinist must play two or more notes at the same time. There are other sections where it sounds like pizzicato, but the right hand is still holding the bow. In these sections, the pizzicato has to be done with the left hand.

            This video is amazing. You can see how the violinist accomplishes all of the interesting sound effects of the Caprice. I enjoyed seeing the look of concentration on Hilary Hahn’s face, and I found that she used her body movements to make her musical accents visually clear.