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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) The D major Concerto is a transcription of his C major Concerto for oboe. It is still very popular to this day and for good reason. Its melody lines are infectious and has a driving rhythm. This is a playful Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) The D major Concerto is a transcription of his C major Concerto for oboe. It is still very popular to this day and for good reason. Its melody lines are infectious and has a driving rhythm. This is a playful Mozart in the sunny key of D major which suits the flute so well. This piece was composed in the 18th century. At this time the modern flute had not been invented. This means the range of this piece is limited in comparison to a modern piece. There is very little vibrato needed and dynamics would have been harder to achieve. As a compensation many intricate rhythms are used to create excitement. 1. Allegro This movement is a very upbeat and fun piece to play. ...read more.

Middle

Many phrases are lengthy and the tempo is very slow. 3. Rondeau This last movement is extremely quirky and exciting both to play and to listen to. It consists of many short phrases that are repeated throughout. The middle section creates suspension that is contained in one or two bar phrases. It is resolved by a return to the original theme. This movement uses dynamics and articulation to great effect . The piece ends on another return to the original theme with an extended ending of semi quaver runs. The ending ties in all the elements of this piece perfectly. Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Poulenc was mainly a self-taught composer, although he did study with Charles Koechlin for about one year. ...read more.

Conclusion

The second phrase requires definition and expression must be gradually increased. It needs to be treated tenderly. As the dynamics increase more expression is required. There is a tension that is built up throughout the first half of this movement. It is finally released in the middle section and brought back to a very quiet and contained ending. The animated section is a sharp contrast to the smooth lyrical section previous. The last note is probably the most difficult in the piece. It is a high F that must be played extremely quietly. It needs excellent support from the diaphragm to produce a note with the right tone to end the movement. The hardest technique needed in this piece is to keep a fixed embouchure. This is needed to ensure all notes are kept in tune.If supported on the higher notes and if difficult rhythms are counted correctly this piece can be beautiful. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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