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Concert Report: The Beethoven Guitar Project Concert

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The Beethoven Guitar Project Concert Report
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 12pm, UCI guitar students performed Beethoven 's music in different periods of arrangements for two guitars and guitar and mandolin at the Claire Trevor Amphitheater. The performance was titled the Beethoven Guitar Project which included a program of Rondo by Beethoven arranged for two guitars by Ivan Klinger, Beethoven Sonatine for Mandolin & Piano arranged for guitar, Fanasie from words of Beethoven arranged for two guitars by Ferdinando Carulli, variations for Beethoven Septet arranged for two guitars by Vinc. Schuster, and lastly variations from Beethoven Quartet arranged for two guitars by Vinc. Schuster. The outdoor atmosphere was casual and simple since the audience
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I really liked how the tempo of each and every piece varied and was not just one constant rhythm. I appreciated how classical Beethoven music can still be brought to life in the 21st century with modulation of instrumentation. I felt that time seemed to speed up during the performance, since before I knew it, the concert was over, hence, perhaps one can say that one was engaged into critically listening to the music and not focusing on when it will be over. Talking about listening, one can critically listen to it by using at least three elements: reception/audience, time and place, and emotional response. Recall that the audience had a widely distributed age variance from undergraduate students to senior citizens. I also said that classical music composed by Beethoven was modernized to fit 21st century expectations and it was combined with an appropriate outdoor atmosphere (despite it being muddy). Lastly, the emotional response I felt was that it made me acknowledge that music originally composed for a particular instrument can be morphed to fit the tonality of a different instrument. I consider that very creative and intriguing. Overall, I recommend this concert to my peers where UCI performers play variations of Beethoven musical pieces using string instruments and do so in a lively manner. There was no point during the performance where I felt annoyed nor bored do to all five pieces having an engaging vibe that made time go much faster than
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