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The work begins with a Prelude which is in the style of a fanfare.

Thick in texture and full of large chords, it serves to draw the attention of the audience to the Pantomime scenes that are to follow. The Harlequin, a primitive naïve and simple character serenades his lover, the maid, Colombine. The primary aspects of the Harlequin are his physical agility that greatly outweighed his mental capacities. Colored in deep earth tones with warm colored diamond shaped patches ; he is a mixture of ignorance, wit, stupidity and grace and is always ready to spring into action in a clumsy, yet graceful manner. His crisp, staccato movements and his guttural singing, hoarse from street hawking are captured in the two themes. Schutt juggles with both themes in the middle of the piece, one in either hand, spicing up the scene. Colombine is in love with the Harlequin, but married to Pierre.The sorrowful melody in Tristesse de‟ Colombine portrays her sad reply to the Harlequin.The accompaniment figures play an important part in adding colour and intensity to the piece.The theme ascends at times and descends at others, perhaps symbolizing the vacillating behavior of Colombine. The hunchback, Polichinelle –sometimes master and sometimes servant is manifested by the two themes in this piece. The flavor here is Viennese and the climax Russian, a real insight into Schutt‟s life. There are two pregnant pauses before the end which do not deliver anything, lending to the burlesque character of this scherzando Pierrot Reveur (Peter the Dreamer) is expressed thorough a nocturnette. It has a delicate, dreamy, sentimental melody which builds into a stormy outburst of passion. It returns to the opening melody before fading away. The accompanying figures add to the beauty of the Nocturnette. Caprice -Sganarelle. This piece is full of sudden impulses and eccentric vagaries as is the character of Sganarelle. He is also known to be very possessive about his wife. The melodic middle section divides the eccentric outer sections. A volatile coda brings this caprice to an end.

MEAGAN ALPHONSO

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harmonic and melodic language within the boundaries of Classical form. Op. Written in 1919. he went to Vienna to be the conductor of the Akademischer Wagner-Verein where he conducted the music of the Strauss family. a composer who studied piano with Beethoven in 1801-3. was commissioned by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832). „ Exaltación (Elation or Ectasy) Rhapsody in G minor Op. colour and tonality. Ensueno and Orgia and is his best known work. op. It is characterized by fullness of sonority and balanced chord figurations. and pianist. to settle down. described the Fantasy. Op. Op. This Rhapsody embodies the best of Brahms‟ ability to balance an emotional. Valse Caprice Op.Fantasia Op. 1809.1897) Brahms maybe described as the great conservative of the Romantic era. Obdulia Garzon. conductor. is a set of 3 dances..1 Josef Holbrooke (1878 – 1958) Josef Holbrooke was an English composer. the Danzas fantásticas. 79 No. Three Blind Mice. was written in 1895. Eduard Schutt‟s (of Austrian descent) love of music caused him to give up a career in commerce and led him to study first at the St Petersburg Conservatory and sub- It appears as if the figures in that incomparable painting move within the calyx of a flower. many of whose waltzes he transcribed for the piano.‟ This is a farruca from Andalusia. In 1880. based on the characters in La Commedia dell‟ Arte which literally means “Artistic Comedy. In 1878. 22. full of contrast.wrote Turiina. for the first time in his life. the Fantasia for Piano in G minor. live without hotels and restaurants and to establish a real "home". falsetas (interludes) of the guitar. Possibly no other work reflects Beethoven's tendency toward improvisation as much as this piece. 2. three changes of metre and numerous changes in tempo. It is a one-movement work that is episodic yet integrated. one idea following into another as in a potpourri. Dedicated to his wife. It is a set of 6 pieces. for he was attempting. ." The Fantasy passes through eight key areas. The caprice is a set of variations on a famous English nursery rhyme and musical round. Carl Czerny (1791-1857). 77 as variations "in a mixed form. Danzas Fantasticas Op.1933) Born in St Petersburg.Exaltacion. of the jota from Aragon – wrote Turina 2. free-flowing in structure. 77. hesitating in Gypsy style and the jipios (instrumental introductions of cante jondo (flamenco vocal style) .79 no. Carnival Mignon Op. with flamenco ornaments and filigree. His music is serene.‟ It reminds you. Carnival Mignon. „ Orgía (Orgy) sequently at the Leipzig Conservatory. That Beethoven composed this flight of fancy when he did is somewhat ironic.77 Beethoven (1770-1827) Completed in October. The score to each of the dances is headed by a mysterious epigraph from the novel: 1.2 Brahms (1833 . from a distance.” The perfume of the flowers mixes with the aroma of dry sherry and merriment rises like incense from the depth of the narrow glasses filled with matchless wine. thoughtful and profound.48 Eduard Schutt (1856 . the work was inspired by the novel La Orgía by José Mas. (Pantomime Scenes) op 48. featuring a range of highly contrasted moods. Brahms composed the Rhapsody in G Minor.4 no.22 Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) Joaquín Turina was a Spanish composer of classical music.