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MUSIC REVIEW—ask for help if you need it. Nicole_O’[email protected]
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
Beethoven is a transitional composer between Classicism and __________________.
The idea of the Romantic Genius--Beethoven’s suffering was:
His 5th Symphony had a motif. Was it rhythmic or melodic?
Describe the motif, simply, using words.
He described his motif as “Fate ___________________________________”
The 5th can be seen as his journey through what? How?
Beethoven took the classicists’ form of the symphony and expanded it to suit his ______________
needs of the music (ask me if you don’t remember . . .).
Schubert’s Erlkönig
Schubert wrote _________ lieder during the summer of his 18th year!
A lied is a very intimate work due to its small/chamber-like nature. Typically there are these
musicians involved:
Erlkönig has many characters and elements represented. How do Schubert and the performers bring
this piece to life?
 Instrumentation (what people are performing?) ?
 How did Schubert represent different story elements in music?
 What did the singer have to do that was demanding?
 How did the singer do this?
Through Composed vs. Strophic—which is this?
The Traveling Virtuoso
Paganini—24 Violin Caprices
The Doppler Brothers—any of their virtuoso flute works
Arban—theme and variations on Carnival of Venice
What made these 19th century performers’ careers?
Wagner—Der Ring des Nibelungen (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung)
Music drama
Gesamkunstwerk
Leitmotif
This was happening during a time of Realism in the other arts—why so different?
Read the handout about Wagner (no need to memorize the entire plot of the Ring)
Cavalleria Rusticana
Common characteristics defining the styles of REALISM:
Contemporary Subjects
Concrete Truth
Fragments of Time
Can you apply these concepts to Cavalleria Rusticana? If so, that would help you to explain WHY
this opera was so very different from the Wagnerian music dramas.