Week Two Assignment
05 April, 2012
Week Two Assignment
Composer Henry Purcell was born in 1659 and lived a short life until his death in 1695, he primarily worked with the English royal Court. His work was in the style of Baroque and among others, had a composition entitled Rondeau. This piece was soft and very smooth, yet powerfully emotional. I could almost vision a scene being acted out with this piece being played in the background. I enjoyed everything about this piece. However, I like more percussion and horns in music of this type. I can easily see this piece being used as theater music.
Frederic Chopin was born in Poland on March 1, 1810. He grew up in a middle-class French family. His first composition was published at age seven and began performing about one year later. He was known as an excellent piano teacher and his piano compositions were highly influential. His work was in the era of Romantic compositions. His piece, Prelude, op. 28, No. 10 sounds like something you would hear in a suspense-thriller or maybe an early era, black and white, slap-stick comedy. It was fast and continuous and didn’t seem to have an end. Although I like most of Chopin’s work, I did not care for this particular one.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 and died in 1791. His name at baptism was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Mozart was an influential composer and composed over 600 works. Mozart’s work was in the classical era. His piece, The Marriage of Figaro Overture (1786) was based on the play Le Nozze di Figaro. I enjoyed this piece very much. It was very lively and upbeat and had a regal sound to it. I felt numerous climactic points in this piece but it never seemed to be a finally.
Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685 and died in 1750, not a bad lifespan for the time. He was a German composer in the Baroque period. He wrote a good amount of music which was held high for its...