Listening Log

The Mannheim School

­čÄ╝Mozart Flute Concerto in G

I enjoyed listening to this piece and decided to start by following the flute part itself. I did find the strings a little confusing. I managed for about two thirds of the piece and then I lost the score which was sad. As I have done music theory I can identify certain performance directions so trills and staccato notes were easy and so were the rests and different note lengths,. I do find that I am getting better at following a score though.

Following the score didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the piece, in fact it showed me that playing these pieces is not easy. I thought that the Mannheim school was evident in the old passages for the flute which gave the flautist a chance to show their skills. A distinct motif in the extract was evident and repeated by the strings as well as the flute. It was delightful.

As I have taken to reading the scores of pieces lately I think this is a great way to continue as I will get better at it and enjoy certain features of music more as the course and further courses progress.


Emperor Joseph and his wind band

­čÄ╝Mozart Serenade No 10 in B flat Major K361 “Gran Partita”

This piece is scored for 12 wind instruments and a double bass. However the double bass is sometimes replaced by a contrabassoon. Listening to this piece I can imagine it being played in a grand royal palace either to a seated audience or maybe to a crowd gathered for dancing. I thought this piece was rather too long in length and I didn’t enjoy it towards the end losing interest.

­čÄ╝Krommer – Partita in E Flat op no 1

Very different from the Mozart “Gran Partita” as it does not sound as if it could be danced to, a more performance based piece I think. Scored for 8 wind instruments I do actually prefer this to the previous piece. To me I can hear the repetitions more and found it much more enjoyable as a whole and definitely more than the Gran Partita.

­čÄ╝Mozart – Harmoniemusik zu Le Nozze Di Figaro

I really liked this arrangement of the music. I have heard some of the opera and as it deals with the major themes I can hear a “Call and Answer” in the music that is played. If you know the opera inside out then you will probably understand what part of the opera it is. This was a lovely way of introducing people to operatic themes outside of the opera house, and maybe people wanted to hear the opera itself after hearing this. I found it very pleasing to listen to.

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