Music, quite apart from an associated text, is capable of evoking powerful emotions. Hearts are stirred and feet set to tapping by a rousing Sousa march, while another melody may move people to tears. Calvin recognized the emotional power of music and for that reason included the singing (rather than the saying) of Psalms in the church in Geneva. Such singing "lends dignity and grace to sacred actions and has the greatest value in kindling our heart to a true zeal and eagerness to pray." Music can indeed "excite piety," and depending on its mood, move individuals to penitence, thanksgiving, adoration, love, or any one of a host of emotions.
The singing of male against female is particularly interesting, and the video helps to show that clash of voices against each other. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76RrdwElnTU George Frideric Handel was one of the greatest composers of classical music of all time. His style of Italian opera and late baroque music is contended only with that of Bach. Bach was born at the same time as Handel, and because of that Bach is always compared to him. The two composers thrived during their time period, and while people may say Bach was just a bit better, Handel did pretty well for himself.
"The D" turns out to be the "answer" on which the whole orchestra agrees in the great fortissimo summit of that first crescendo, but the tense anticipation of that note is a personal, marvelous, and utterly characteristic touch"(Orga 155). The ninth symphony is my favorite symphony just because the music is so heavenly. It seems in the beginning of the piece brings a person from darkness to light. Beethoven, I believe, was ahead of his time. To me, he is the greatest composer of all time.
In choosing a scene from an opera seria that I find dramatically effective, I of course was inclined to choose an opera by Handel. He was, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others, one of the most remarkable Baroque composers of his time. He was a master of opera; of every type of melody, with scarcely a rival at any period. The flexibility of his rhythmic paragraphs was exceptional even in an age that had not fully succumbed to the clamp of the four-bar phrase. He used chromatic and dissonant harmony sparingly, but this only enhanced the moments of dramatic and emotional conflict it was used for.
How Handel Schieves a Sense of Majesty in his Setting of The King Shall Rejoice There are many factors that come together in Handel's The King Shall Rejoice to create majesty. This essay will include such musical aspects as; style and influences, texture, rhythm, the texts used, melody and instrumentation. There are five movements within Handel's The King Shall Rejoice; this essay will include examples from each movement. Handel achieves a powerful and bright opening at the start of the first movement through a strong and steady tempo. The music is in four four time; this common time signature helps to emphasize the vocal line and the majesty of the words.
Also, music helps Christians concentrate on God; it can communicate joy or sorrow, influencing the emotions of a person in a way that just saying words cannot. The words that a choir sings can bring hope and truth to those that are listening. Depending on the type of church that a person attends, services will be structured or spontaneous and are likely to have hymns or songs as well as Bible readings and a sermon; the one thing they have in common is that they are all praising God. Roman Catholic and Anglican Church services normally have a set order of service each week with a set place for the music. The music tends to be very traditional, made up of hymns accompanied by an organ.
More sacred religious style vocal music which were written mainly for church services. Handel composed several Oratorio that were masterpieces before he died in 1759, known as the greatest composer that ever lived. I really enjoyed “Julius Caesar” I thought it was beautifully performed and I would definitely go see it if I get the opportunity.
When Christmas season roles around, everyone can count on hearing Handel’s own personal favorite The Messiah. This is the kind of song we need, something that links us through common knowledge and feeling, past and present. Handel combines the sheer grandeur and power of his German roots with the color of his Italian experience, joining this with the unique flavor of the English language(Alexander). His music can thus be powerful, it can be colorful and lively(like the wonderful "For unto us a child is born" chorus), or it can be stirri... ... middle of paper ... ...apacity for self-renewal. We become aware that it bestows on us the special gift of aesthetic and spiritual grace.
Gold and rich textures and surfaces can be seen all through the churches. All of these themes that I have discussed are also clear in the music of the Baroque period. It paints pictures of vibrant colours and triggers strong emotions. The desire to discover these themes is evident in the invention of the exciting new form music, opera, and in the use of operatic techniques in dramatic music for the church. Important Musical Developments Composer-performers would strive at becoming Kapellmeisers in this Era.
As I analyzed this piece, I was continually struck by his following of major voice leading and counterpoint rules. The times Mozart did break away from the standard were masterfully done, engaging to the ear, and he was always able to bring us back home. In this paper I will share with you what I learned about Mozart’s Requiem, Domine Jesu measures 1 through 43. I will start with the big picture and whittle it down to the minute details. The parts of this piece written by Mozart are the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and Cello/Organ parts.