A Concert Report



Concert Report I

    If you took away five minutes after seven, then the concert held on October twenty-first by Hunter College Symphony began on time. First on the program was Josef Haydn’s Symphony in D major, No, 104. It opens with a slow and sanguine introduction that seems to weaver into a minor and major mode, perhaps within the same key signature. One can also distinguished that the first theme is recurring a little later in a different key suggesting a different movement or section. Accordingly, as each theme is introduced, the full force of the orchestra can be heard which comprises mainly of string and woodwind family.
    From the guide, this piece is divided into four movements with varying tempo starting with slow, moderate, and then increasing in speed as it progresses. As the second movement begins, a deliberate modulation of key changes suggests relative scales as from major to its related minor and then vice versa. In the third movement, the woodwind can be heard more prominently, preferable the bassoon and maybe flute. Again, this section follows a series of key modulation that sets up a perfect return to the main recurring theme.
          The exuberant finale is set to a much quicker tempo than the previous three, and the bass section of the orchestra became more dominant in volume and clarity. As the sound from this last section gains momentum, it reverberates, creating a masterful and equally forceful climax. The sound is distinct in the way it deviates from its repetitious theme, thereby grabbing the attention of the listener. Following the pronounced sound of the woodwind section, the conductor slowly unleash the orchestra resulting in a gradual build- up that ultimately results in the full synchronization of all the instruments into a powerful harmony. As the piece continues, it disperses intermittently with the interplay of the various instruments. I must admit that it was during this part of the proceeding...