I attended the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra on November 17th, 2018. The concert was extremely diverse, and I gained a new appreciation for listening to a live symphony orchestra. Due to my background in ballet, the first piece that attracted my attention was Tchaikovsky’s “Elegy” from Serenade for Strings. This is the third out of a four-movement piece. The Serenade is known to be written with his idol, Mozart, in mind
Each person has their own version of who the best is and what it takes. For some people, it’s about how far one capable is to push boundaries. How competent and efficient someone is in completing a given task or one they concocted for themselves. The composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven, was the perfect example of this. He was a ‘revolutionary, breaking the rules, stretching musical forms to unleash emotion, and catapulting
The Classical Era saw the rise of a third source of patronage which was the significance of supporting the arts. Composers and musicians back then could make a living as freelance musicians through presenting their work in public theaters and concert halls. The time period that contained the increased popularity and salaries for musicians and composers was known as the Age of Enlightenment. Musical composers work shifted from royalty to sacred
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the greatest composers in history. He was born in Salzburg Austria in 1756. Although he only lived to be 35 years old his contribution to musical history is almost unparallel to anybody else’s. Mozart was a child prodigy that started composing music at the young age of 5. As a young boy Mozart went on tour visiting all the musical centers Europe had to offer.
Born in the same continent, but almost a century apart, it is a wonder that the works of Antonin Leopold Dvorak and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are often placed in the same musical umbrella known as classical music. A century holds a surprising amount of change, whether it be spurred on by politics, culture, or innovation, and the century spanning between the lives of Antonin Leopold Dvorak and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was