The Mimir Chamber Music Festival was held at PepsiCo Hall in Texas Christian University Fort Worth campus on July 7, 2011. The festival was held as a tradition because it has been taking place annually and each time there is a performance, the performance standard is set higher than the previous. This year’s edition was not different as it attracted a packed house which is a general attest of the kind of reputation the performers have accorded the audience.
Artists who availed themselves included Walton and Haydon as well as Taylor. The performance was given enough space and was a combination of the faculty recitals from the artists who had trained for two weeks just to perfect their skills. All the performers were well prepared and from the general outlook, they promised to thrill the audience. They did not contradict that expectation even a single shred and when they were set with their instruments, everyone was eager to be entertained.
Objective of the Performance. The String Quartet was the opening performance and was played in F minor and the way they combined with OP. 20 no. 5 made this performance one of its kind. Any audience would have been tempted to think that they had practiced longer than the two weeks they actually had of extensive training.
It was Iwasaki who started it all with the sound of the violin capturing the attention of everybody followed by Thompson with more noticeable and brilliant sound. However, the effect that was brought out by the music and the sound was not as appealing or striking as the first sound. It can be said that this effect was brought about by leaning a lot towards the careful side even though the performance was strong enough to be termed excellent.
Walton and Haydon brought in three major characteristics of the music which eventually defined the performance of the night. The three characteristics were the dynamics, intonation and ensemble where the intonation was brought about by the string quartet playing, the dynamics brought by the careful modulation and the ensemble bringing in a complete experience in music that is suitable for parents and children.
Kirsten Docter brought in humdrum and through the use of her dark, luscious and rich sound, she gave excellent results in her music. During the second performance by Brant Taylor he impressed the crowd by using the Rachmaninoff ripe. Romantic Sonata for cello and the piano played in G minor and Op. 19. He was to be joined by Allessio Brax, a pianist and together, they gave a powerful collaboration especially with their realistic approach to the music.
Subjective Description of the Music. Even as I Came out of the hall, I was sure that I had the best performance of the century and I was actually looking forward to future performances perhaps with the same performers. The music was thrilling and what was striking most was how the different performers could come together to do a combination without making a single mistake in their performance.
The performers had a good mastery on the usage of the instruments at hand like violin and piano and each performer was able to bring in a good difference in music to the audience. That is why the performance can best be described as one which was arranged to thrill right from the start to the end.
This music festival is praised especially due to the fact that it made to bring in liveliness and appreciation drawn from the three highlighted characteristics namely ensemble, intonation and dynamics. Anytime a performer would take the front seat, I was sure that I was to get a good but different experience and this always made me to look forward to having the next performer come on stage.
As noted earlier, the group of performers who had practiced for two weeks preparing for this performance really had a mind of entertaining. Each time there would be a combination of two or more performers, one would get a sense that they knew each other for long.
For instance, a combination of violin and piano would bring in a sense that the artists had practiced together for a long period. That is why they were able to perform in harmony where if there was differentiation of the key used, one would feel that the two were marrying each other well.
When at Any time one decides to attend a concert of any kind, the expectations are always high. For example, if one is to attend a music concert, the expectations are that it would be a night of positive thrilling. However, it is also expected that a performance may not always yield to the expectations of the audience.
This paper describes the objective and subjective analysis of what happened at a music concert that I attended which was thrilled by the Mimir Chamber group which took after the name of the music festival. The description focused on the details that could be gotten from the music performance such as kind of rhythm that was brought by the music and the general experience.
The first piece I am going to discuss is the Liederkries movement from the piano concerto, No. 2 Intermezzo by Robert Shumann (1810-1856), the great composer of the Romantic era. This is piece is included in a twelve songs cycle and Intermezzo is the second piece in this cycle. This cycle is called Eichendorff Liederkreis. This composition refers to the Romantic era because all Shumann’s songs were written specifically for voice piano performance, or lieder.
I will write about this song because this composition serves the brightest representative of its epoch encompassing all features of romantic songs. While listening to this musical piece, I managed to feel an intense expression of emotion where fantasy and aspiration for adventure can be perceived. The melody was sounding quite lyrical, often chromatic, and I could here the use of discords.
I could also hear the ambiguity in rhythm and meter, and a special focus was also made on tonality. In particular, I could clearly hear the dissonance in voice and piano and, at the same time, it was possibly to feel how piano catch each amplified tone of the voice. Nevertheless, the music sounded much more delicate as compared with rigid voice with a wide pitch range.
The second piece I am going to consider is from the Chanson de Don Quichotte from the lieder concerto, No 1. Chanson du Depart of Jack Ibert (1890-1962), a great French composer who did not belong to any of the dominant genres of music. Therefore, he is famous for his eclectic compositions.
The composition is from the first part of a two-party Chanson de Don Quichotte. The song is written for voice and piano and has characteristic feature of eclectic genre in music. While listening to this composition I could hear the notes of romanticism in the beginning. In the end of this musical piece, the song sounded even a bit frivolous and confusing. The rhythmic patterns were reminiscent of Romantic music because the voice pitch varied and piano accompanied the narrations of the performer.
Hence, the piece reminded me of the incidental music because I could predict what part would be next. The lyrical orientation of the song was sophisticatedly intertwined with ironical and even satirical features, which was quite typical of Ibert’s compositions.
Therefore, it was impossible to distinguish between the music and farce. Despite the diversity of genres and styles used in the movement, general features of the music piece could still be attained to the Classical performance owing to the fact that the composition was accompanied by piano. Besides, the song suggested an antique sounding with vocal melismas.
In general, the concert was significantly inspiring and touching at the same time. A combination of romantic and classical styles kept the audience in suspense.
Delicate transitions and incidental resonances precisely reflected the prominent characteristic of style. The lyrics of the presented pieces unveiled the themes of love, suffering, passion, and remorse. The music was transferring the audience in the romantic times.
I was especially captured by the performers who managed to grasp each single meaning of each intonation and word. It is not in vain that I chose the songs by Shumann and Ibert because they seemed to me quite similar in meaning and thematic reflection. I should also admit that the differences in styles and genres did not divert my attention from the actual ideas of the songs.