Music Concert Review
For this project you need to watch and report on a YouTube performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major. The orchestra is The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink in 2009.
The symphony has five movements, rather than the four typical of symphonies of the Classical era. Beethoven annotated the beginning of each movement as follows:
Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the country): Allegro ma non troppo (ends at 12:35)
Szene am Bach (Scene at the brook): Andante molto mosso
Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Happy gathering of country folk): Allegro
Gewitter, Sturm (Thunderstorm; Storm): Allegro
Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Shepherds’ song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm): Allegretto
The third movement ends on an abrupt imperfect cadence that leads into the fourth; the fourth movement leads straight into the fifth without a pause. Keep an eye on the screen and you will see the movement titles listed to help you keep track.
This report should be written in essay form, NOT as a short answer or as a checklist. Take your time, and watch it a couple of times at least. Take notes as you listen. Above all, don’t begin to work on this until after you have taken the midterm exam, at which point you will have the ability to use some music terminology. You are expected to do a bit of research on anything that you don’t understand. By doing so, I think you will grow to appreciate classical music to a greater extent.
Write the equivalent of a 2-3 page report giving a review of the concert you attended. Concentrate on four (4) sections to discuss instead of mentioning every aspect of the performance.
Your review must include the following:
Expectations of what you thought you would hear before you attended the performance.
Interesting observations about the performance or instruments heard.
Correct grammar and spelling.
Analysis of the music using the following criteria from the course
This symphony is considered to be “programmatic.” What does that mean, and how does this music fit that definition? Be specific. For example, describe what is happening at 23:35-24:12.
Finally, tell what you thought about the performance. Did you like it or not? Why or why not? It’s okay if you didn’t like it; just be sure to explain why with specific criteria whether or not you liked it.
Write in complete sentences in paragraph/essay format. This is NOT a short answer format. Please submit your report online by clicking Submit. The entire class will watch the same concert, so you will be able to talk about it in the Discussion Forum if you wish.
Most students find this assignment to be the most rewarding part of the class, so I hope you too will enjoy the experience!
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