If you're going to make a film adaptation of an opera, what do you do during the overture? Turn it into a portrait of the audience, I guess. Ingmar Bergman's 1975 take on Mozart's famous Zauberflote does just that, entertaining the film's audience with all sorts of interesting Swedish faces.
Another well known form of classical music is the opera. Other than the orchestra, this type of classical music is enjoyed by many in various countries. The opera began in Italy and then spread to the rest of the world. The first opera was performed in 1600s in the town of Florence. This is the most dramatic form of classical musical because it consists of a theater, opera singer and musicians.
One form of classical music that is very well-loved is the Symphony. It considered to be one of the best forms to showcase the talents of a composer. Composers such as Mozart and Haydn have created some of the best symphonies.
A symphony is a piece of music that contains only one movement. “Symphony” is a Greek word that can be translated into “agree in sound”. Unlike the concerto in which there is discord between the soloist and the background instruments, a symphony has all instruments playing together in harmony. The first symphony was thought to have been played during the 1200s to 1400s.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is one of the most enduring composers of all time. His music—typically is piano music—is often used in music to signal some sort of unarticulated malaise, which is appropriate for Debussy’s impressionist music. The French composer is known for his atmospheric music that transgresses traditional boundaries of pitch and key.
During the 1930’s and ‘40’s, the Soviet regime wanted memorable melodies in its music, probably so it would be easier for the public to remember music in the form of propaganda. They wanted music to be understood by all, and this was achieved not only with a memorable melody, but also with the “plain language of music,” or more traditional musical harmonies created by Beethoven and other prominent Germans. They wanted music which conformed to the doctrine of Socialist Realism-or music that would serve as propaganda for the ideals of the state—rather than “naturalism,” which, although it leveled the plane of all Soviets, also puts them in a “beastly guise.”
If anyone has ever heard Pavarotti sings “Turandot,” they will know the composition within in it that is entitled “Nessun Dorma”. This classical opera was written by Giacomo Puccini and is a tenor aria.
It is a beautiful piece of classical music that tells the story of the prince Calaf, who becomes enamored with a beautiful princess. The princess is not friendly, but is quite mean and cold towards his affections. The Princess’ name is Turandot.
Since the song “Lisztomania” by Phoenix became such a hit in the past few years, I thought it would be worthwhile to speak about the man who inspired it. Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a Hungarian composer most well-known for his big hair and improvisatory piano stylings. Liszt composed much of the music we know today for himself to perform, making it extremely difficult for even a great pianist to perfect. He also was something of an innovator, using styles and techniques that didn’t become popular until the 20th century.