Johannes Brahms's "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D"
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This paper explains, by describing in detail each movement, that Brahms's "Violin Concerto" demonstrates how a composer can use aspects of music to move the listener emotionally. The author, for example, details that Brahms signals changes of mood by using dramatic retards followed by rhythmic passages, thereby, communicating an inevitable feeling of both despair and hope. The paper concludes that the overall feeling of the listener is that in the midst of despair there is always a glimmer of hope (first movement), that in the midst of turbulent emotions we can find peace (second movement), and that life should be full of enthusiasm and joy (third movement.)
From the Paper:"Gradually, the orchestra fades out and the solo violin comes in more rapid and intense, followed by forceful rhythms of the orchestra that builds to an intense climax, but then backs off so a sweet violin melody accompanied by a flute can break through. This ebb and flow of intensity, gradual crescendos and decrescendos continues throughout the first movement, shifting the listener back and forth between hope and despair. In some places, the violin is only accompanied by light pizzicato in the strings. Finally, Brahms brings the movement to a dramatic conclusion with a sometimes fiery and sometimes gentle passage by the violin and a triumphal orchestral denouement. The entire movement gives a feeling of strong, conflicting emotions."
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