Symphony No. 9 starts out very quiet and gradually gets louder at the begining. As the piece progresses you can hear horns, violas, and cello and a very long crescendo occurs. Midway through the piece we receive our first surprise and can hear drumbeats, flutes and oboes as well as some clarinets. As the piece moves into a G major scale we see a long crescendo as we transition into the secondary theme of the piece. Later through the piece we can hear the sound of bagpipes. Other songs such as “The Blind Mice” and “Goin’ Home” integrated seamlessly throughout the symphony as well.

I particularly love the soothing sounds of the instruments and how they all create such a wonderful harmony. Symphony No. 9 is one of my favorites within the genre of classical music. The orchestra did a wonderful job with this piece. I love how they used a mixture of different parts of the orchestra throughout the entire symphony and how it only continued to get better from the start. The piece was very romantic and had a lovely classical tune to it which made the piece easy to listen to. I normally would listen to songs like this has when I’m running or studying as classical music helps relaxes me.

The piece, which sounds a little similar to Beethoven’s Symphony, was very upbeat and was never over powering through the entire four movements. The dynamics was to my knowledge Mezzo-Forte that provide a nice rich texture to the song. I truly did not like the narrative piece has I feel it greatly took away from the meaning of the song. Though I enjoy the narration and learning about the history of the song the voice of the narrator was very distracting. I think that a short description before the song or afterwards would suffice but this idea of narrative music opened my mind to a new perspective of how to listen to music.

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I think maybe in a conference setting this may help the audience adapt better to the music. Though as an individual I usually listen to this song as I am studying and with my reasoning the voices distract me from concentrating on what I am doing. The stopping and going every so often is a little overkill and doesn’t allow you to listening to the whole movement in synchronization. However I must credit the musical narrative that if you knew nothing about the artist or the song it will greatly help you relate more to the song and the artist and the history and context of the period the music came from.

I learned a lot about how the composer enjoyed African American music, which explains the use of the drums and a heavier tempo and faster beat to his music. I also learned about how the composers movements are similar to easy other and how he integrates other composing music into his. I think this Symphony was one of the better classical songs I have listened to. I truly enjoy classical music and I utilize it a lot when I am concentrating on a project or if I want to go enjoy a nice run in the woods. I would highly recommend this piece for a romantic themed dinner or for a nice song to study to.


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