Yuya Tamai Professor Susan Seligman Introduction to Music: Concert Report 30 November 2010 The Lyric Oboe On October 26, 2010, I attended an oboe concert in Parker Theatre. It was such a wonderful experience because I loved the music styles and the stage presence shown by the members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet. This was the first time for me to see a performance in the theatre.
When I got a ticket and entered the concert hall, I was surprised because compared to the other concert hall, Mckenna Theatre, the place was smaller and the stage was middle of the hall, and seats were set half way around the stage which was interesting to me. There were five performers which used five different kinds of instruments: oboe, piano, violin, viola, and cello. They were stylistically different pieces that allowed me to experience the various sounds of music. It was a short concert, which I found interesting, and I felt like staying there after the concert.
Since I sat in the center of the hall and in the second row from the front, the scale of each performance was energetic and lively. One of the most interesting movements in the concert was Concert in C minor, “Allegro Moderato” for oboe and piano. It was written by the Baroque Era composer Alessandro Marcello and performed here by an oboe player Joel Evans and a pianist Ruthanne Schempf. This movement was moderate and steady and match of the tone between piano and oboe was beautiful.
While I was listening this movement, I imagined that I was standing on a beach next to a placid sea and was giving myself over to watch the nice view of the peace world. The opening bar of the piece was very stimulative and energetic. The begging part reminded me of one song of a movie called “Step Up. ” I used to watch the movie a lot of times and danced with it, so it was very special for me, and I felt like dancing with the part. Moreover, the harmony between low key of piano and high pitch of oboe were consonant which made the movement dynamic and lively. Even if it was just three to four minutes long movement, I enjoyed listening it.
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Another movement that I really liked in the performance was Two Fantasy Pieces, “Romance” for oboe and piano. It was written by the Romantic Era composer Carl Nielsen and performed here by the same persons as performers of Concert in C minor. This was slow and soft movement. Timbre of oboe was very beautiful and made me feel comfortable and sleepy. This piece was duple meter and tempo was gradually slow in the middle of the movement. One of the biggest reasons why I liked this movement is that each sound of piano and oboe was simple but warm and romantic, and I felt something like a weight of truth from the movement from side to side.
This was not a dynamic scale of music, but gave me a dynamic and warm heart. This movement was quiet shot but the quality of its music was fantastic and I really enjoyed myself. The concert was an enjoyable evening full of great music and intellectually stimulating pieces of music that I would not have listened to if not for this assignment. All of the performers looked happy and excited and made eye contacts one another during the concert, which made me smile and made me dance to the rhythm.
All movements had different styles of music with different melodies, tones, and scales, and all of them were interesting to me. I have seen many kinds of concerts through this music class, and I felt something special for this concert. I think this is because tone of the oboe of each piece was very romantic and lyrical, which made me comfortable. This was such a great opportunity for me to expand my musical horizons and it was much more entertaining than I expected. I am looking forward to going to another one.
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