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Classical Music Concert Report

The concert took place in Balboa Park at Spreckels Organ. I was there for about an hour and they played 7 songs.
#1: Jared Jacobsen: Toccata from Symphony No.5, Opus 42 from Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
From the start of the song tempo was presto. It has a 1,2 rhythm and it is very simple overall until it goes toward the end of a song and you hear more different melodies. it had an amazing finishing. during the middle of the song you could've hear the middle parts with louder and harder melodies.

#2: Jared Jacobsen: Toccata in D Minor, S. 565 from Jonathan Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
This piece almost took 10 minutes and by far i can say is one of the best classical songs I've ever heard. it seems like a happy song. a lot of high pitch sounds and melodies were used in this song. tempo was combination of presto and moderato and it seems like its a dramatic song.

#3: Sam Rudenberg: Prelude in G minor, BWV 556 from Jonathan Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Very relaxing song, decent speed and largo tempo. i can say it is esspresione and it gets loud at the end of a song.

#4: Sam Rudenberg: Finale from Janet Correll (b. 1942)
Its a romantic era, it has a story line and a song like melody, usually it narrates a story about some one or a specific event that happened in the history. kind of slow tempo and a 1.2 rhythm. i heard a little bit of syncopation as well.

#5: Jared Jacobsen: oh Danny boy ( Londonery Air ) from Traditional Irish Melody
Entire song had very slow rhythm and also slow tempo. This song of course used sung legato a lot in various parts of the song and also small phrases. Rhythm was duple meter with a few up beats here and there specially at the end of a song.

#6: Jared Jacobsen: Flirtation in a Chinese Garden from Abram Chasins (1903-1987)
This was a very small piece from Chasins. Jared only used white keys to play this piece. very happy song, a few upbeats at the start of the song and goes out throughout the entire song. i think it was a quadruple meter based on the speed and also a very fast funny tempo.

#7: Jared Jacobsen: Rush Hour in Hong Kong from Abram Chasins (1903-1987)
Very very fast beat and rhythm, thats for sure presto. fast playing and very artistic.

For the second art of the report I chose Toccata from symphony No.5 by Charles-Marie Widor from the concur and O terra, addio from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi from the book. I chose these pieces because they are both classical music from the Romantic Era. Both pieces are large range in dynamics and also song-like melodies. The hormone in the second piece is adventurous so you won't know what to expect indeed. In the O terra there are actual singers while the other piece is just piano itself. Both pieces are very dramatic in their own ways. The tempo of the O terra is andante while the other piece sounds like allegretto vivace almost throughout the whole song. These two pieces are from the Romantic Era so they have meaning and purpose, They are telling a story.

Toccata from Symphony Np.5 occured to Miss Mussel the other day that the organ is the only instrument that requires specialist footwear. It is also the only instrument where the operator is usually invisible, giving the whole affair a rather intriguing mad professor/Wizard of Oz vibe. No other musician, except perhaps a orchestral conductor, has so much power at their fingertips and no other instrument even comes close to matching the sheer physicality of the listening experience. Organists must often feel like dads with Aston Martins used primarily for the school run and stop-and-go commutes: the top gear is for decoration only. In full bloom, the instrument is resplendent and there is nothing quite like processing the sound in your body before your ears make sense of it. In Mahler’s 2nd and 8th symphonies, the organ creeps in at the end in a sonic ambush forcing the audience to have a physical reaction in addition the usual audio and visual responses. On the whole, Miss Mussel doesn’t care much for solo organ repertoire simply because it is sensory overload. Messiaen is a nice change for a musician usually charged with All Things Bright And Beautiful but it usually ends up as a big mess of loud. Interesting at first but not much of an attention-holder. Charles-Marie Widor’s Toccata avoids the trap of being too fussy for its own good. Here’s Olivier Latry going to town on the Grand Organ at Notre Dame Paris. If you don’t have time for the full 6 minutes, start at 3:05, crank up the speakers and wait for Latry to unleash the nitro. Widor lived until 1935 and made a recording of this piece at his home church of St Suplice, Paris at the age of 88.

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