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Analysis Of An Elgin Symphony Orchestra

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On Sunday November 5, 2017 I had the chance to attend an Elgin Symphony Orchestra performance. The whole classical show aspect was new to me everything from having to get dressed up and sit in a smaller theater located in the Hemmens Cultural Center was a very different experience for me. The entire show had two performers. A piano trio group based in Elgin played at the beginning of the show to get the crowd warmed up followed by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. The piano trio only played three songs but each one was unique. After the brief performance by the piano trio the ripieno came out and the excitement began. The main orchestra performed Beethoven’s Symphony Number Seven along with a few other songs as well. The entire concert was…show more content…
The orchestra was conducted by Andrew Grams and featured a guest violinist named Jennifer Frautschi. A good portion of the audience was in attendance because of the chance to see Jennifer Frautschi play. While the orchestra was beginning to sit down the small television the theater had begun showing facts about Frautschi. The most impressive fact that appeared was that Jennifer is a multi-time Grammy nominated violinist and has performed in many world-renowned orchestras. A unique aspect was the warmup portion of the show. Seeing how Conductor Grams had the ripieno already in tune and ready to go showed separation between the Elgin Symphony compared to some other orchestras. The orchestra then played a few scales going from minor to major key most of the warm up with a few scales going vice versa. From that point the ripieno really never looked back and continued to put on a great show. The main piece the orchestra performed was Beethoven Symphony Seven. As with most symphony’s there was four movements of the concert each one being very…show more content…
The movement “Allegretto” was much more largo and mezzo piano which completely changed the characteristic the first movement provided. In the beginning of the movement every note was dragged out and the main sounds were provided by the deeper sounding instruments such as the base and cello. However, once the orchestra got to the core of the movement the notes became more staccato but the orchestra continued to play lower sounding notes. The unusual aspect to this was that normally when notes become staccato items such as the pitch and tone become higher but in this case the piece stayed deeper sounding with the cellos and bases continuing to give off most of the sound. I believe that the second movement was played in the key of A minor because the piece was a little “energetic” but mainly deep sounding and contained a lot of lower sounding notes. I am guessing the movement was in double variation form because I heard a main melody at first with the violins and violas but then the melody shifts to the deeper instruments. All in all, the movement was performed very well. The way the orchestra handled two melodies was pretty unique and it was the highlight of the
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