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1. Brahms Intermezzo in A major, Op.118 No.2
Year: 1893
This music is a gentle submissive Andante (Andante teneramente), as ABA musical form, very
delicate Cannon and Counterpoint (Round music imitation) technique, rich harmonic changes,
melody is very beautiful and lyrical, bears profound emotion, shows mature introverted
temperament. This is one of Brahms' piano music in his later years the most popular music.
Brahms's use of simple motives or the same melody, by harmonic and rhythmic changes, or
alternative chord technique, don't need the strength can convey many emotions, such as: a
warm, loving, sad, exciting and so on. Left hand melody or pedal point are often driven emotional
ups and downs, such as bars 25-30、bars 38-48.
In part B, tonality modulate to f-sharp minor, melodic lines stacking and bass triplets with the
soprano quavers of the 3-to-2 texture, getting more romantic feelings. Bars 57-64, tonality is F
sharp major, tends to calm the mood, like the Choral. Bars 65-76 as two people in conversation,
very emotional talk to each other's thoughts! The motive appears again at the end, slowly , gently
echoing!
Reference Source:
Music commentary collection—Brahms
Melody Press
National Sun Yat-sen Institute of Music-- Brahms' Piano Pieces op 118 research
(file:///C:/Users/user/Downloads/etd-0711107-013134%20(1).pdf)
2. Beethoven Piano Sonata No.6 in F major, Op.10 No. 2
Year: 1796-1798
Romain Rolland said the song "Clean creek," which is perhaps Beethoven's F major for feelings
about the tone, because this is also used in the "Pastoral" Symphony , F major, seems Beethoven
used to express bright, cheerful tonality.
First movement: Allegro F Major Sonata
Beethoven's lively writing style, some musicologists would describe as echoed in the nature, In
the song you can hear the distant forests, water gurgling brook, birds singing, and so on.
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Description is full of bright, happy, confident and lyrical joy, as if everything is illuminated by the
light.
The second movement: Allegretto f minor
The second movement is generally affectionate bradycardia music, but the song belongs to
three-part form, with a scherzo style. This movement is still quite strong personalities depicted,
as if from the abyss of loneliness re-emerged out of various dreams and hopes, music scholars
likened this movement Goethe "Faust" in the night.
(Dr. Faust ,in order to seek the meaning of life, the devil Mephistopheles in the lure to his soul in
exchange for its help, and experience a desire, joy, pain, spiritual various stages and changes, in
the last moments of his life, in the struggle with nature, and understand the purpose of life is to
fight for live and freedom.)
The third movement: Presto F major Sonata
Canon duet with style round started with a simple folksy style characterized by Haydn, It is also
fondly feel Beethoven humor and imaginative fun. The thought of the music is positive, in the
strength of its musical rhythms pulse, conducted in sharp, angular, and can understand that
Beethoven's obstinate nature and enthusiasm, bright, cheerful, humorous methods of
expression.
Reference Source:
Thou shalt not know Beethoven 100 classic story of creation edited by Xu Liwen
Music commentary collection– Beethoven Melody Press
Internet: http://www.xiami.com/song/showcollect/id/10867107
3. Symphony of the Night
(Theme from Taiwan ballad "Hope you returned early")
Composer: Ching-Ju Shih
Year: 2003
「Nocturne style of the" Symphony of the Night” is a song with a touch sentimental poem, like
a glowing pearl, dark and in the silence of the night quietly exudes gentle light…」 - Ching-Ju
Shih
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This piece of musical material is from the Taiwan 1946 song " Hope you returned early", during
the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, there are many young and able-bodied men were forced by
the Japanese to Southeast Asia as army, after several years, do not know dead or alive, parents,
wife and children were waiting every day, the Japanese surrendered in 1945, thought the end of
the war can return to Taiwan, but Indonesia launched the independence movement, all persons
under house arrest until May 1946 was released, and many people have been family thought
they had killed in battle, only by " Hope you returned early" to sing their families inner hope and
longing.
The first part of the music is b minor, like deep lake, singing music theme, while the middle
section of the music modulate to e minor, as ripples like waves rippling, very rich musical colors,
sounds like a cello in the left hand to talk with delicate lines of music, In addition, the music
composer has used the "Hemiola" techniques, increase the beauty of music intertwined, and the
music is terminated by the deeply quiet end of the low range!
Reference Source:
Everybody plays the piano - Taiwanese style Dawn culture Ltd.
Encyclopedia of Taiwan (http://taiwanpedia.culture.tw/web/content?ID=10092)
4-1. The man I love
Composer: George Gershwin
Year: 1924
This song by Gershwin himself re-written as a piano solo, E flat Major, jazz-style romantic pop
songs, originally was Gershwin and his brother Ira (lyricist) for the Broadway musical "Lady, Be
Good" done " The I Girl Love ", but in the end did not appear in the musical until 1927 with" The
Man l I Love "appeared in the musical
“Strike Up the Band”. As with many standards of the era, it has become more
famous as an independent popular song than as one from a Broadway musical.
Reference Source:
Wikipedia( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_I_Love_(song) )
The great composers and their music- George Gershwin Taiwan Britannica corporation
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4-2. I Got Rhythm
Composer: George Gershwin
Year: 1930
The song came from the musical” Girl Crazy”, was originally penned in the key of D flat major.
The song melody uses four notes of the five-note pentatonic scale, first rising, then falling. A
rhythmic interest in the song is that the tune keeps behind the main pulse, with the three "I
got..." phrases syncopated, appearing one beat behind in the first bar, while the fourth phase
"Who could..." rushes in to the song. Its chord progression, known as the "rhythm changes", is
the foundation for many other popular jazz tunes. The song has become symbolic of the
Gershwin, of swing, and of the 1920s.
Reference Source: Wikipedia (http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Got_Rhythm)
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