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  1. Discuss ways in which the first movement of Beethoven's Third Symphony 'Eroica' is revolutionary

    and it is believed that the whole symphony was written in parts between 1801 and 1804. A major problem Beethoven had with this piece was with its title. The French Ambassador, Count Bernadotte, suggested that he write a symphony based upon Napolean. At the time Beethoven was a great admirer of the man, and it is his heroic leadership that is said to be the inspiration of the piece. However, when Beethoven was informed that Napoleon had made himself Emperor, Ferdinand Reis1 recalls Beethoven 'flew into a rage and shouted "He is nothing but and ordinary being!"'.

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  2. Timbre as a form-building property in the music of Kaija Saariaho

    This involved a stay of four months in Tampere, in Finland's worst winter for fifty years. The experience was memorable not only for the weather conditions but for the refreshing open-mindedness of the Finns in their approach to modern music. The government funding of music education reflects the respect in which composing as a profession is held by the Finns. Their range of contemporary music festivals is enviable, and I found new works programmed at almost every concert, which were full without exception. On returning to Britain, I briefly researched Saariaho for a contemporary performance techniques project at college, but found very little research material of value available.

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  3. English Assessment Task: Remembering

    Facey remembers events but never lingers on the memories more then is necessary for his development. On the contrary the composer of Piano wants to dwell in his past, '...the heart of me weeps to belong...' the composer wants to remain in his reverie. 2. The texts The Longest Memory, Piano and A Fortunate Life present vastly different, and very similar ideas about remembrance. The Longest Memory shows that remembrance can have consequences. Negative memories can have adverse affects on the holder of such memories. One could expect that A Fortunate Life being the relation of a number of horrific events experienced by the composer could produce such negative affects.

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  4. "A notation should be directed to a large extent towards the people who read it, rather than towards the sounds they will make." (Cornelius Cardew, 1961) Discuss.

    to create improvised cadenzas for their concerti, while, additionally, the accompaniments were improvised to an extent. Reducing this to a basic level, is it simply the case that, harmonically and stylistically, it was not as difficult to do this in Mozart's time? We no longer have a tradition, or such a tonal system embodying a guiding code, to respect in this way, which has contributed to the prioritising of the composer, and the score. Through our traditional respect for the written word, one expects to perform music as it is written, which itself has consequences: '...it is our veneration for

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  5. The MoThe erhu is a Chinese string instrument which possesses a 500 years history.

    Without a fingerboard, the player has great freedom when executing vibrato. The snakeskin belly gives it a unique timbre that allows the erhu, in its low and mid registers, to cut through a western symphony orchestra. Unlike the violin, the tone is soft and thin at its highest register. on Reflected Reflections of the Moon on Er Lake in Two Streams The erhu is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world; existing for more than one thousand years.

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  6. A Look Into Music Therapy

    But how is music capable of healing on physical, mental and emotional levels? For this we seek to answer the question, 'What is music?' What is music? Everyday, music serves us faithfully, playing an integral part of our public and private lives. It is vastly used in arenas of national importance (e.g. National anthems) and personal significance (e.g. wedding songs). In many normal applications it supports or transcends spoken word. It therefore cannot be seen as simply a vehicle for the emotions but also as a complex creation of the intellect.

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  7. Short Analysis of "Five Pieces for Orchestra op. 16, mvt. 1" by Arnold Schoenberg

    Regardless, Arnold Schoenberg passed shortly before midnight on Friday the 13th in July of 1951 at the age of 76 (7 + 6 = 13). Schoenberg is often highly associated with the expressionist movement. ?Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas.

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  8. Essay onmy experience ofmanaging a music event management

    I measure the effectiveness of the groups plan by using some of the health check points stated in Barker and Cole?s book ?Brilliant Project Management? 1. Are the project?s objectives clear and measurable? The objective was to construct a musical event and to deliver a quality product within an agreed time scale. The group had a clear understanding of this and given the set time schedule, this was more than achievable. 1. Has anyone documented what the project needs to deliver?

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