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Name of Student Name of Class Name of Professor Meeting time Report # 1 1. The Santa Barbara City College Symphony This first concert was called a Symphony Concert and it was held on November 18, 2012 at my college. The conductor of the concert was my music professor, James D.
The program notes for the concert gave background information about each piece which gave a better understanding of what the audience would listen to during each section. There was a total of about 50 people attending the concert. The concert was done by the Santa Barbara City College Symphony and the instrumentation was largely string instruments. The Symphony has 78 members with 50 strings and 28 brass or percussion instruments. This gave a full sound to the hall that we were in and provided a rich sound for the specific pieces. There were many different styles of music. The first piece (Overture to Candide) and the third piece (The Firebird Berceuse and Finale) were both taken from operas. Beethoven’s piece was a symphony and he was considered a transitional type of composer because he wrote between the Romantic and Classical periods of music (Beethoven Website). Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain is considered a composition. This was a great piece because the audience could really see something in the music. I liked this one the best because it was so rich in sound. I read that this composition was the depiction of a Halloween night in which witches and demons were allowed to run the earth. According to the program notes, the Russians belived that this type of thing happened during St. john’s night when Mount Lisaya was a place where evil spirits lived and the mountain did not have any trees (this is why it is called bald). ...
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