Which of the following excerpts may be classified as chamber music? You can answer this question by thinking about what kind of music you typically listen to when you’re alone, relaxing at home or at a friend’s house. If you tend to listen to instrumental or classical music, chances are you could easily apply the criteria for this type of music to chamber music, as well. But if you enjoy jazz, blues or even new age music, there may be other styles of music that you’ll want to include in your list of favorites.
Classical music tends to be the favorite of many music lovers, especially those who grew up listening to the likes of Handel and Bach. But if you’re a fan of contemporary music as well, you may have different tastes. However, when you try to match the types of chamber music that you like most with the types of contemporary music you love most, you may discover that there are some difficulties. For example, it may be difficult for you to match jazz music to the likes of pop, rock, country or even folk music. The difficulty will be especially great if you love the classical type chamber music with contemporary types of music.
Now, we’re not saying that you cannot enjoy both types of music. After all, you can choose to listen to chamber music and contemporary music in the same piece. In fact, the challenge will be that you have to choose only one type of music to “match” the type of ambience that you want to create in your room. So how do you overcome this challenge?
There are many ways in which you can help “accommodate” these two different types of music in the same piece of chamber music. The most effective way to do this is to read the piece of music and try to envision what each passage might sound like. For example, if you’re reading the work “uterus dominorum” by Mozart, imagine that the scene is one in which Archimedes is arguing with a creditor over a debt that the emperor has promised him. While Archimedes is listening to the play in his study, he is chewing on a peppermint candy. While he is chewing on the candy, a voice from within the apartment warns Archimedes, “There’s no peace here today, so have patience!” The Peppermint Candy Voice then concludes by advising Archimedes to “read the symphony again” because there “is something in music here”.
Now, it may be difficult to imagine that Mozart might have included something like this in his symphony. However, it’s quite possible that he had. In fact, it’s quite likely that the “peppermint candy voice” that we’ve heard previously was indeed included in this selection. This voice has a similar quality to a child’s imitation of a parent, so we know that it may have been integral to Mozart’s conception of music for the large majority of his life.
Which of the following extracts from Mozart’s “Les Armes de la Meuse” might be categorized as chamber music? Which of the following passages from the “La Traviata” (Scene IV) may be written throughout a concerto? Which of the following passages from “The Marriage of Figaro” (Scene II) could be written during a concerto? The answers to these questions are manifold and vary depending upon the type of music and the purpose of the piece for which it was written.
Which of the following excerpts from the “Symphonie des Beaux Chevaliers” (Scene II) could be written during a concerto? Which of the following extracts from the “Elvidio” (Chorus) from Handel’s “Water Music” (tenth century) could be written during a concerto? All of these questions and more are answered in the Passade (opus) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In this extensive survey of Mozart’s entire musical career, there are a multitude of Mozart passages categorized as being “chaotic”, “dynamic” or “irritable” (IX) and even “indeterminate”. The reader will thus learn how to evaluate each and every passage on a universal level…and, at the same time, learn how to use each and every one of Mozart’s symphonies as a model for conducting his own symphonies.
The passage also includes an extended analysis of the last movement of the opera, the “finale” as it is called in English. Although the first movement of the opera already has been analyzed extensively in detail in the previous two sections, this last movement is left out because it was not a part of the composer’s career. Mozart wrote four symphonies in his lifetime; all of which are available in the passage, in their entirety. This exhaustive study of Mozart’s life and works are a valuable gift to students as they seek to obtain a general knowledge of classical music. After all, just listening to Mozart composed music can teach you things about style, meter, structure, and technique!
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