Reflecting on a Music Recital Essay

Introduction            Music, the infamous saying goes, is a universal language. And the reason for this appears to be quite self-evident: humankind has always used, and will always use music to convey recurrent themes about human existence, love, relationships, crises, struggles and triumphant moments. In ways more than one, I am making this reaction paper chiefly based on this premise.

While I may not be thoroughly informed about all the theories and concepts of music, I have reasons to I am able to appreciate music as much as other people do. And while I must admit that I do not have plenty of experiences attending to concerts or concert-rehearsals, I would nonetheless like to develop this paper by evaluating the music recital which I attended last ________.Reaction on a Music Recital            First, I must say that I do not have a lot of expectations before I attended the recital.

Surely though, I had a controlling desire to learn more about how recitals are being done. It was a modest expectation, I should say. At the very least, I knew that I was entering into that recital as a curious learner rather than an expert critic. I must say though that I am a bit curious about how well some of the persons whom I know would fare in playing their respective musical pieces.  It would not therefore hurt if I did not expect something grand or spectacular to come out of the show; inasmuch as I am told that music recitals are more formal and subdued in ambience compared to rock band concerts.

            After the show, I realized that many of my little expectations were confirmed. The ambience was indeed subdued, the audience perceptively behaved and the overall show effective. What surprised me was when I felt a kind of undeniable enjoyment during some moments of the show. Honestly, I did not expect to feel that way; neither during nor after the show. I kind of just found myself being attentive to many of the musical interpretations rendered throughout the duration of the show.

I did not expect that emotionally-subdued show such as a recital can no less elicit a profound feeling of connectedness and joy.            The most effective moment during the show was the Solo Cello Recital by Ms. Hampton. Ms.

Hampton performed, among others, In Memoriam Andrew Welsh Imbrie (1921-2007) and “RecitAndy” by Mario Davidovsky. I find her performance very effective because Ms. Hampton not only showed that she was an expert in interpreting the said musical pieces, she also – nay, even more so – manifested a discernible passion for performing arts. Cello instrument, if I may say, tends to produce low-pitched sound or music.

When one thus interprets a song using a Cello, one must possess mastery over the instrument, lest one runs the risk of leaving the audience reeling from boredom engendered by sublime music. Ms. Hampton showed grace and mastery in interpreting the two aforesaid songs she is tasked to perform. Which was why, it was not surprising that a good number of people, including myself, was moved and was evidently amazed by her performance.

The least effective performance was the Flute Studio recital. I am basing my evaluation on account of two points for assessment. First, I find the performance very boring. While I am aware that it is unfair to judge a performance solely on account of the more subjective impressions that it creates, I still feel that the performers were not that connected to the audience as they are, it appears, conscious of the own performance.

Second, I believe that the Flute Studio performance was poorly executed since, being one with the audience, I felt that the most people did not respond well during that moment. Plain observation can attest to the fact that the audience did not give due recognition to the performers – when people barely clapped their hands in approval – after their show was done.  Clearly, the performers could have rehearsed more their musical pieces assigned to them so that they can focus less on themselves and enjoy more their performance together with the audience.Conclusion            Generally therefore, I have learned that in music recitals, the differing reactions of the audience serve as performance-barometers not only of the performers, but also of the overall success of the show. In the music recital that I attended, I must say that most people in the audience were happy with the performances. It was indeed a successful show. But with notable emphasis, I must make mention of Ms.

Hampton’s performances as the highlight of the show. Not only were her performances well-received by the audience, the conspicuous display of her mastery and skill throughout her performances showed me, more than anything else, the beauty and worth of classical music, especially when done in a performing arts show.Work ConsultedRecital. The Free Dictionary by Farlex.

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