Reflection On Flute, Clarinet, And Trombone Concert

I attended a general recital that featured the flute with piano accompaniment, clarinet, and trombone. Overall, the recital was very enjoyable, and each of the musicians was talented in their own way. Lavonne had a very good technique and style while playing the flute, Taylor was completely divulged into his music and took expression to a very high level with his contrasts in style and dynamics of the clarinet. René's trombone performance had a very grunge-like tone that perfectly accentuated his piece. These musicians very wonderful, and I felt like the pieces they performed were picked based on each of their unique strengths.

The first performer, Lavonne, played a flute and piano composition titled “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Francis Poulenc. She played the second and third movement: the second being a largo piece and the third being a presto piece. Francis Poulenc was a French composer and pianist who was born into a family of pharmacists but began to study music under Erik Satie. He primarily composed religious songs, but they were often overlooked, and most of the attention was put on his more serious pieces. Poulenc’s style could best be described as gentle and soft, and he never experimented with the “machine-music” that was emerging in his time period (1899-1963). The second movement of “Sonata for Flute and Piano” was slow and very dissonant, while the third movement was lively and staccato.

The second performer, Taylor, played a clarinet composition title “ Nine Dances op. 62” which contained nine short movements, each slightly different from the other. This work was composed by Dejan Despic, a Serbian classical composer and author. He attended college at the Music Academy in Belgrade, and then devoted his life to composing and teaching music. He is mainly known for his concert and chamber music and has written over 240 compositions. He is also the author of many music textbooks. Each movement of this piece had its own unique style, thus the title “Nine Dances. ” What kept my attention through each piece was how it differed in expression i. e. one piece sounded more waltz-like while another sounded almost march-like.

The third performer, René, performed a trombone composition titled “I-35” by Carl Lundgren, a Canadian trombonist. Lundgren has a very modern style of music and even arranges well-known pop songs for trombone. Since he is relatively young, I was unable to find much information on him. The piece that was performed at the recital had a very grunge sound to it, and it was also on the jazzy side.

All in all, the performance was a success, and each player was met with positive feedback from the audience. Each of them had their own unique style and expression that was reflected in their tone and even body movement. Based on what I have since learned about the composers of the pieces that were performed, I now see that the performers were also slightly mimicking their corresponding composers. I thoroughly enjoyed the recital, and look forward to experiencing more in the future.

18 May 2020
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