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 on: July 30, 2010, 10:39:03 pm 
Started by Brian C. Wuttke - Last post by Christy7674
Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) the second movement (Andante Molto Mosso) was my favorite critique for the class. The piece opens with the violins playing a very soothing and calm melody with soft dynamics. This piece repeats the same melody several times,  yet adding other melodies as well. The texture was polyphonic. The song also seemed to be in rondo-form. There were several different solos from different instruments.  The piece gave me the image of the ocean. At first just the waves breaking on the shore because the song would switch from being soft and quiet to loud and fast. But as the song progressed it gave me the image of diving into the water and taking a look at the creatures of the sea. The song sounded like you were on a search for something than when you finally get to the destination you realize it was right in front of you the whole time.
After the piece played the same melody fast, slow, fast, and slow, they would perform a completely different melody but in the same key. It was always something new but still very similar to the main theme. Each time they repeated the melody they would drag it on just a little longer than the last time to build up the tension in the song.
Several times they would carry out the melody to think that the song is going to end but it just keeps building up until finally the song ends with a melody very similar to the beginning yet softer and more peaceful. Representing the end to the journey.
Surprisingly, I had never heard this song before but I enjoyed it very much. It was somewhat different than the other songs I've heard in this class, which makes it stand out more to me. I wish the course would make this symphony a listening example. I would rather listen to this song 100 times rather than some of the other songs they put on the CD.

 on: July 30, 2010, 07:32:27 pm 
Started by Brian C. Wuttke - Last post by Luigi2134
The song played for listening critique #3 was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 II movement.  The song begins very calm and being played by only by a few instruments when the entire orchestra joins in. The melody of the song remains constant when the entire orchestra joins in.  Then slowly the cong begins to trickle down to only the woodwinds performing as the rest of the orchestra is silent.  This song almost resembles that of a rollercoaster because it has parts that are really loud and you could almost say hectic with how much stuff is going on, this would be like the fall on the coaster or the speeding turns, but it also has parts which are slow and calm which by being this way build a tension as you wait for the song to speed up again, this part is resembling the rising up to the top of the coaster or going into that dark tunnel on the ride.  This song is not one of my favorites.  Im not a huge fan of the classical music but I have learned to appreciate it.  This song shows me how a composer can make you draw comparisons to something that was most likely not the cause for him writing the music in that manor.  Midway through the song the melody is transformed, it sounds similar but not the same as the one that started the song. The up and down style of this song continues through this part as well. Then there is a pause almost as if to say “Ready or not, here I come” and the music picks up again but this time it returned to the melody that was being played at the beginning of the song.  This song closes by having a grand finale where all the orchestra plays loudly and then a very low finish.  Overall the song was bearable.  I think that I have grown to understand the music a little bit better even though I don’t really like all that much.

 on: July 30, 2010, 07:11:10 pm 
Started by Eric5279 - Last post by Luigi2134
Well i have to agree about Rock N Roll being posted Detroit Rock City for KISS but i have to post this video...this is the one part of the KISS concert that hasnt and wont ever change...GENE SPITTING BLOOD...i found the clip with him playing God of Thunder after the blood scene because that is one of my favorite songs...Just sit back and enjoy the greatest performing band in the world.....

 on: July 30, 2010, 06:57:50 pm 
Started by Caitlin0337 - Last post by Luigi2134
FINALLY someone who appresiates Rush as much as I do....The most amazing part about Rush is that it is 3 musicians playing what sounds like 5 instruments all the time...and they make it look easy!! It is hard to choose my favorite Rush song..they are all in rotation...they are all amazing...but here are two that are at the top of the list right now
Both videos are from live performances

 on: July 30, 2010, 06:54:11 pm 
Started by Barbara7022 - Last post by Luigi2134
I think the most under-rated song by Michael Jackson is Black or White...The guitar in that song is pure genius
Another one of my favorite guitar performances in an MJ song was Beat It...but of course it was played by the great Eddy Van Halen

 on: July 30, 2010, 06:49:58 pm 
Started by david4236 - Last post by Luigi2134
Is it just me or do you feel like you should bust out into a huge choreographed dance or something when this comes on...i feel like smiling dancers are going to come out of the woodwork for a quick performance when this song is played.. Cheesy

 on: July 30, 2010, 06:47:15 pm 
Started by Luigi2134 - Last post by Luigi2134
Red Hot Chillipeppers is one of the largest rock bands in the world today...they sell out stadiums no mattter what part of the world they decide to perform in...maybe it is because they produce hits like this

 on: July 30, 2010, 06:43:31 pm 
Started by Luigi2134 - Last post by Luigi2134
I know not many people are going to be able to put together a list but it is tough for me to differentiate which one was is the list
1a. Duran Duran
1b. Depeche Mode
Both of these bands are great in concert....these two links are my favorite songs by them respectively

 on: July 30, 2010, 06:38:57 pm 
Started by Christy7674 - Last post by Luigi2134
Ohh...after posting the last time i got to thinking about other covers that i really like..being a Depeche Mode fan, Marilyn Manson's version of Personal Jesus is very the song a different spin to it..

 on: July 30, 2010, 06:35:02 pm 
Started by david4236 - Last post by Luigi2134
Hey if you like bob seger you will love this song...its called Turn the Page..It talks about being a musician on the road.
This link is Seger playing the song live

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