F. Seitz Concerto No. 5 (Mvt 1)

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It would appear as if I enjoy music too much.

Each week, I seem to drone on about the same things: “the emotion”, “the power”, “the beauty”… and yet as I discover more and more, music of all types still continues to astound me.

And while I do regret some of my musical choices from the past (*cough*), I still find there’s so much intricacy and passion to be evoked from each piece, something that makes each work extraordinary. Now, if you knew me, you’d know I’m not a very critical person- at all, which certainly has its downsides. But there’s something about music that just gets to me…


Normally, I wouldn’t feature two similar songs (especially by the same composer) in a row, but at the present, my life is filled with classical music. I’m incredibly happy with how my viola lessons are going, and I already feel I’ve progressed tremendously in terms of fluency, ability, and technical knowledge. The piece we started a few weeks ago has gone wonderfully, and it’s so much fun to play.

Next up, as far as the Suzuki method goes, is another piece from F. Seitz: his Concerto No. 5, Mvt. 3. I’ve been previewing it, and already I’m excited. In contrast to his other Concerto, this is much softer, and more dramatic.

The beginning portrays so much feeling (here I go again), yet it serves as only a brief prelude to the hurricane of notes that follows. The gradual increase in intensity adds to the brilliance of the piece, and the legato provides distinction and expressiveness that is so enjoyable to listen to.

The technical structure of the piece as a whole is just impressive (given it is in a Suzuki book), between the persistent sixteenth notes, constant slurring and staccatos, and dynamic movement. As I always say, everything comes together perfectly with such ease and fluency.

Without a doubt, it’s a great piece, and one that’s going to be quite interesting (yet fun) to play. And, in all, while these pieces might not be the greatest of concertos, they certainly hold their own.

Gabe

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