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Feb.6th, 2013 MUAR 211 Sivajiny Dillirajah 260411159 Concert Report 1


A. Choose a concert within the western classical music tradition to attend. Before going to the concert read the following questions. It is best to answer them directly after attending the concert, when the experience is fresh in your mind. There is no need to type up your answers. You many find your textbook helpful for some of the questions. B. Attach the program and ticket to the back of your assignment sheet. You must attach a ticket if you required one to enter the concert, but if there were no tickets the original program, will suffice. Only original documents can be accepted; do not use a photocopy or scan. (4pts)

1. What was the name of the primary performer or performing ensemble?(1pt) The primary performer in Volpone was Gordon Bintner playing the role of Volpone, a con man and Kevin Delaney, playing the character of Mosca. 2. Name the family or families of instruments or voices included in this program. You can consult Chapter 1 of the Listen text for help with this. (2pt) The family of instruments that accompanied the Opera was; the string instruments, the brass instruments, percussion instruments and the woodwind instruments. The voices that were included in this program were Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. 3. Were there any soloists? If so, who, and what did they play or what voice type did they have?(1pt) At the beginning, there was Kevin Delaney who was doing a solo performance in Act.1 sc.1; his voice type was Alto/Tenor. Another soloist was Gordon Bintner who sang Bass. 4. Identify two of the genres that were performed. If there was only one, say so. (2pt) I felt there was only one genre performed and it was an opera. 5. Which era of the western classical tradition was represented by most of the pieces on this program? (1pt) The era of western classical tradition represented by the pieces was the Baroque Era. 6. Were the performers professionals, students, amateurs, or some combination? (1pt) The performers were a combination of professionals and students. A few of the performers were even doing the show as part of their final requirement to attain their masters degree.

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Feb.6th, 2013 MUAR 211 Sivajiny Dillirajah 260411159 Concert Report 1 7. What as the musical aspect that varied the most between pieces on the program? Some examples are instrumentation, ensemble size, tempo, dynamic mood, ect. Identify one contrast between two pieces or movements from the program as an example. (2pt) Personally, I felt that the musical aspect that varied the most was the dynamic mood and as a result the tempo. In Act.1 Scene.2, the dynamic mood was very uplifting and happy; it was a very loud dynamic. The tempo had also increased at this point resulting in a crescendo that led up to a forte; there was a triple meter that the symphony was following. The violin was very prominent in this scene as the accompanying voice was an alto. This was extremely different from the court scene. The tempo slowed down significantly meaning a decrescendo; ending almost piano like. It was really hard to identify or follow a meter. The dynamic mood was much more solemn and soft. The viola was more prominent during this scene and there was also ornamentation in this scene. Between two different scenes; there were several difference and the entire performance continued in this manner. 8. Describe the performance venue and how it enhanced or detracted from your enjoyment of the performance? (1 pt) The performance venue, concert hall, was very nicely organized and set-up. The opera was performed on the stage; this was nice as it allowed everyone a clear view of the different performers. The symphony orchestra were below the stage. This allowed one to focus entirely on the opera performers while also intuitively listening to the accompanying symphony. Overall I felt the venue definitely enhanced my enjoyment. 9. Use the musical terms from the Key Terms study sheets to write a paragraph discussing one piece or movement on the program that you appreciated. What made it stand out to you? What did you like about it and why? Please clearly indicate the title and composer. Include at least four separate points in your discussion. (5pt) The program I had attended was Volpone presented by Opera Mcgill and Mcgill Symphony Orchestra. The piece that I really enjoyed from the entire Opera was Act.2 Sc.4. I really enjoyed this scene because I felt it encompassed everything from all the other scenes are more. All four voices were included in this scene. It was extremely pleasant and interesting to hear different octaves all at once; especially the bass and soprano together. The symphony orchestra was also stronger at this point and this allowed one to hear the different tone colours; especially the viola which really stood out. It would be very bright and sharp one minute and then much more hollow and soothing. There was also a great deal of ornamentation in this scene; certain lines or words would be accented more than others; displaying more/less emotion. There was also a great deal of chromatism evident in the symphony it was interesting to see the use of the brass and woodwind instrument. As I mentioned before, the use of the changing dynamic mood created a sense of word painting in this scene as well. The instrumental music would fit the singing. Finally even within the one scene, the meter was also constantly changing; at one point it was very overt and easily identifiable. This particular piece within the Opera included many elements of classical music and Opera; I especially enjoyed it as it was also the climatic point of the story. All these different features added to this piece; making it my favourite of the total 8 scenes.