An orchestra can be described as a collection of large instruments that contains specific sections of brass, string, percussion instruments, as well as woodwind. Orchestra has grown throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and almost did not changed since then. The Orchestra contains string instruments, such as violin, viola as well as bass and cello; the woodwind instruments, which consist of the flute, oboe, bassoon and clarinet with inclusion of the keyboard section and harp.
The concert, which was chosen to visit, was held on October 21. It was taking place at LeFrak Concert Hall on a weekend. The concert was arranged for the Philharmonic Orchestra.
The music that was played throughout the concert not only sounded but also was diverse by nature. The instruments and musicians as well as conductor proved to be outstanding. Attending the concert proved to be one of the most interesting things to attend with compliments to its witness at first hand. I was present at the concert as a responsive audience, which as result meant that at the end of the performance I had the ability to comprehend as well as understand why and how the Orchestra was able to deliver the performance as well as orchestrate it.
The orchestra composed of rather large ensemble, which contained varied instruments, which, in turn, led to the contribution of the overall sound of the piece. Due to the fact that the orchestra was a large ensemble, which has had just the same instrumentation that was common in the romantic era, the orchestra did in fact manage to perform in a manner that was lively as well as vigorous and vivacious. One of the major observations that I made, was that every member of the orchestra that played, did it with steady energy, which proved to be purposeful in terms of making the ensemble sound as fanciful as possible. Despite the wide range of instruments that were used, the unity, with which the concert was performed, was fantastic.
As an addition to the large ensemble, the orchestra played in a way that can be described as allargando, which means that the music grew louder, then softer, which was also a common practice during the romantic era. The unity of instruments was one of the key things that kept the audience in a follow up state in a sense that everyone was anxious for the play of the next piece, which, as time passed, became even better in a sense that the variety of sounds grew as the performance did, which contributed to the overall brilliance of the piece.
The Queens College Orchestra offered the audience a range of music styles that were diverse in their repertoire, including not only the standard one, which is symphonic, but also the vital operatic, choral as well as oratorio, which gave liveliness and a sense of purpose to the performance. The performance showed an overall use of classical music styles, which were prevalent in the 20th century. It is clear from the point that the style used in the piece that was played was varied as well as freer altogether.
The tempo of the music varied in accordance to the different stages of the performance that were being delivered. The tempo of the music was changing during some stages. For example, the beginning of the performance was slow but then the tempo increased as the drama of performance continued to unfold, as I observed being a key contributor to the emotions of the performance that was being delivered. It was pretty much the same as the volume of performance that was entrenched in a sense that the volume did tend to increase or decrease depending on the emotions as well as the intensity of the message that was being passed.
The performance was polyphonic, as per different parts of the piece that were played and used as a medium of message delivery as well as a key part in dramatization of the performance was one of the key elements of the whole performance. It is one of the key elements of the performance that brought it to life and also made it more entertaining to follow.
The melody or succession of the musical tones that I perceived in terms of a single entity can be described as a combination of pitch as well as rhythm that are in harmony in figurative sense. There was the inclusion of musical color that accompanied the whole piece in the foreground as well as in the background. One of the achievements of the piece played was what presented itself as the true achievement of the melody with major parts of the harmony presenting the notion that the ultimate goal of the piece was a beautiful melody which is one of the main reasons that I enjoyed as well as loved the whole performance.