Comparison Between Piano Concert by Barbara Wieman and Sacramento Chamber Orchestra On Feb 20,1997, I attended a piano concert that was performed by BarbaraWieman. The performance was held at the American River College Music Departmentchoir room. The choir room holds about 100 people and every seat was taken andstudents were seated on the floor. The audience was dressed casual as everyonewas students trying to do their concert papers. Barbara Weiman was also dressedcasual but nice. The piano concert started at 12:20pm and was finished at 1:05pm.
The program started with a piece from L.V.
Beethoven called Sonata in F minor, Op.57. This piece can be characterized by anintense, dramatic use of fluctuating dynamics. It was as if the crescendo wasnot allowed to climax, then is aborted by a sudden change to pianissimo. The socalled Beethoven motif was used throughout the piece, very effectively I mightadd. Barbara Wieman was very animated performing this piece and seemed to bevery emotional while playing. This piece was very distinct and there was aneffective use of rests that was displayed. I would call this piece very serious.After Beethoven we were treated to F. Schuberts Impromptu in G flat Major, Op.90, No.3. This piece was very pleasing to the ear so we could call thisconsonant. The music seemed to flow and had a great rhythm. This piece wasromantic in nature and probably that is why it was written in the romantic era.
C. Debussy ‘s Feux d’artifice (fireworks) was the next piece played. Theharmony was very obscured in this piece of music. The theme trying to bepresented in this piece was as if fireworks were going off. The notes wereever changing and there was a very good uses of all the keys of the piano.This piece was not very pleasing at all and I did not care for it at all.From looking around the room it seemed other people would agree. After thatunpleasant piece was played we were lead into La Cathedrale engloutie (TheSunken Cathedral). It was very slow starting but eventually started building thetempo and then seemed to drop off and become very slow in tempo. This pieceseemed as if it were trying to tell a story. Alot of people seemed as if th…
…ught us back with a touchingrecollection of the very beginning of the work.
The Bartok Divertimento was in three movements. It can be best described ascontinuous, fascinating, exciting and full of action. The melodies were strong,as were the rhythmic pulses and dissonance’s. So much was happening that all youcould do was go for the ride and enjoy it. The last major piece was by Copland,called Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano.
The Copland piece was in two movements bridged by an unusually long cadenza(Soloist), that lasted over three minutes. The soloist seemed to dwell onthe lyric sweetness of the first movement and then signaled the merriment ofthe second movement. The first part struck me as very slow but the second partwas very rhythmic,very perky, and was passed around appreciatively by all,while the piano and clarinet were trading ideas with each other. All in all,this piece signaled excitement and was made very enjoyable with the clarinetand piano. As this was my first Chamber Concert I was not sure what to expect.I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’m looking forward to my next concert.