Three Sarabandes(1877) by Erik Satie(1866-1925) This piece of music started by piano with a really light soft and slow melody and rhythm. However, I found it boring due to the monophony of the music. To me, it sounds too peacefully and that is because it mainly focuses with lower keys and the tempo is constantly same. On the other hand, as it moves to the second movement, there is some rhythm changes in some phrases, it made the work more interesting. The harmonies sound dissonant, but since the rhythm has changed to a soft and “jumping” between each notes, that makes this work to be a unique feeling and it makes me as an audience happy. In the third movement, which is the one I like to most comparing with the previous two movements. It played with my expectation because it has a stronger rhythm and not only contains slow tempo, it changes to faster tempo and suddenly to slow tempo. Moreover, it also contains the elements of Intermediate Cadence in the middle of the work. This effect makes a unique feeling as well. Overall, this work contains a strong rhythm and it is soft and pleasant. La Mer (1905) La Mer is a piece of work that has a storyboard. It is clearly noticed that there are many different instruments playing at once which the texture is homophonic. They work well together and it is perfectly matches each other. Therefore, the piece sounds interesting and comfortable since the harmony is consonant. More importantly, the use of dynamic makes this piece of work sounds a story, it uses crescendo to show the climax of the work, and uses differently instruments to play different mood in the scene. As it moving forward, the rhythm changes to a faster pace, the harmony became dissonant and the dynamics is much louder and therefore it created a tension kind of feelings. In conclusion, this piece of music contains different elements that instrument clearly shows the different mood of the music and it is very interesting to listen to. Kammersymphonie(1906) by Arnold Schoenberg (1885-1951) Kammersymphonie(1906) sounds like a piece of work that has a storyboard as well. I found this piece of work is sometimes too hard to focus on due to the amount different musical line playing at the same time. Also, there are some parts which many instruments play at once and all of them play very loud, this make it even more harder to focus. The rhythm did a good job, sometimes it’s fast and sometimes it’s slow, this slightly differences make the music more interesting and it helps to show the scene behind and to express the mood. Most of the time, this piece has a high tension. It uses finger to plucked the violent which make the piece special. It plays a special ticking sound. The uses of crescendo and decrescendo make the work a stronger impression. Overall, this piece of music makes me feel the storyboard behind and a little depress mood. Fun Satze by Anton Webern This piece of work sounds really interesting, they had a very high contrast comparison between each sections. In the beginning the tone changed from a low tone to a high tone, it becomes super strong and infectious are super powerful. All instruments play at once and became loud but pleasant from a low ton. However, the middle is mostly quiet and soft melody. It feels comfortable to listen to. On the other hand, it changes again to some kind of “spy movie” feeling because all the instruments play secretly from low tone to high tone and changes back and forth again in a short period of time. There is some soft collaboration between violin and viola. It
appears some fast rhythm with high tone notes. It shows high contrast between two phrases. Overall, this piece is very interesting due to the use of contrast in some ways and the play of instruments changed from low tone to high tone is a short period of time makes the piece to a different level, it leads me to fall into the scene. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): L’Histoire du soldat (1918) This piece of work is a conversation based instead of instruments to present the work. It is totally different from previous pieces. Although I could not understand what the content is about, but the use of flute and low tone gives audiences a depress feeling. The background music is also really quite therefore it makes the conversation become prominent. The man used his deep and thick voices to represent the low tone and gives the depress feeling. In Marche du Soldat, this piece tends to be more mystery since the tone increases with dissonant harmony. On the other hand, In the Grand Chorale, it tends to be more powerful, it has better organized structure due to the musical lines allowing to play at the same time. Overall the work gives a serious and depressing attitudes to audiences.