Concert Report Mozart Essay

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Tannya Trudeau 4135080
Professor Grant
Musi200 D004 Fall10
15 January 2011

Concert Report: Mozart Symphony No. 40 The western classical concert that I have chosen to review is A Tale of Two Symphonies. This concert is performed in the Avery Fisher hall within the Lincoln Center in New York City. It was performed on July 29, 2008. The orchestra that is performing is the 42nd Mostly Mozart Orchestra. The conductor is Louis Langrée. The two pieces being performed in this concert is Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. The first piece that was played was Mozart’s Symphony No.40. This is a beautiful piece of music. There are 38 players in the orchestra for this piece. And they all played
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From what I understand the history on this song is not pretty. This song is a song of death. According to what I have read Gustav Mahler was always worried about death. When Mahler wrote this piece of music he was faced with death, because his daughter had just passed away and he was diagnosed with an incurable heart problem. Das Lied von der Erde was a form of six songs with in a symphony which came from Chinese poetry. This was the first of three that he was working on he called this his farewell trilogy. His final three works were his symphony No.9 and 10 which he never got to finish. According to this article while Mahler was composing this symphony in 1909 he became very superstitious and refused to call this trilogy a symphony because he felt that if anyone tried to outdo Beethoven and write more than nine symphonies then that composer would be setting his own doom. Unfortunately Gustav Mahler died before he ever got to hear Das Lied von der Erde be performed there for he also never got to finish his Symphony No. 10. The thing that struck me most about this song was the way you can feel the emotions running through this piece. Both the orchestra and the two vocalists did an outstanding job making you feel what Mahler was feeling and that was sadness and grief and even some peacefulness which I believe came from the soft tones of the vocals and the music itself. This song made me feel sad for Gustav Mahler. But it also made me feel