Listening to instruments in the orchestra – woodwind

Posted on March 3, 2012

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Mozart – Serenade No 10 in B flat K361 Gran Partita

First movement – starts with a slow introduction and continues with a more vigorous dance rhythm dominated by clarinet and oboe solos of extraordinary elegance

Second movement – continues with dance rhythm, the instruments playing together in a well-balanced fashion – playful and joyous

Third movement – slower, adagio tempo, giving opportunity for separate instruments to alternate and contrast with each other.

Fourth movement – is a clear example of the minuet format used in classical music, creating an airy feeling so characteristic to Mozart.

Fifth movement – mainly slow pulsating tempo, dominated by lower register instruments creating a “summer night” atmosphere, followed by the refreshing inclusion of the allegretto rhythm on a pulsating rhythm generated by bassoon, then return to the initial adagio.

Sixth movement – the theme of the movement is explored in variations of great rhythmic complexity. It gives the impression of higher and lower register instruments having dialogues with each other, like people talking on a marketplace, sometimes in agreement other times on disagreement with each other.

Seventh movement – as if all “differences” resolved, the instruments walk, or perhaps celebrate together, the bassoons, basset horns, horns and the double bass providing ample support to the clarinet and oboe solos.

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