Prelude in D Minor and Let Me Die Before I Wake

by on February 2nd, 2011
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The length was not a factor in deciding which pieces were chosen to be reviewed. The tempo and the simplicity was a major factor in discerning which pieces were valuable to further knowledge of diverse arrays of music. The first piece reviewed is Prelude in D Minor by Johann Pachabel. Excellent footwork was used for the bass notes. A characteristic Baroque form, the ground bass, is found in the middle of the piece. The right hand reinforces the bass line, and is therefore naturally harmonic in nature. Prelude is by no means a motet, however. Any lyrics to this song would have to be rapidly said and oft-misunderstood. This particular selection appears to be secular (even though it might not be) because the melody is to be played adalante and is generally extremely random. Sixteenth and thirty-second notes are abound, ascending and descending each time to a differing pitch. This pitch is then held, and then the cycle repeats itself. Finally, the cycle stopped on a largo basso. A more ground bass (repetitive) line kicks in. This shows the versatility of the organ with all keys used as well as arpeggiated. The next piece reviewed is Let me Die Before I Wake by Salvatore Sciarrino. I was very harsh on this piece, and that was being open-minded in all shapes or forms. This piece was chosen because the rest of the pieces were fairly standard and relatively short, while this one was peculiar and orthodox. The entire piece could be compared to be an underwater sea adventure. Mostly the picturesque environmental involves whales calling each other. The notes were noted to be out of range for the clarinet. This reviewer’s sister is a beginning oboist, and this piece sounds like her early attempts at Hot Cross Buns. The performer is playing a ufo-like drone about three octaves lower than the higher ghost notes. The music seems incredibly difficult to perform, as well as being extremely difficult to listen to. This piece shows versatility in the clarinet’s range. Just when the audience thought it was about to end, it sounded like he vomited into the humble instrument and then righted himself to continue.

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