Graduate instrumental conducting recital document
This document explores four different pieces of music, with the information used to enhance and provide knowledge when performed in recital. It first expresses the significance and the important role of the viola through Telemann's Viola Concerto in G Major. It also provides historical evidence that may lead one to question the name of the instruments in the 'violin family.' Particular attention is given to the history of the viola and the concerto. Secondly, historical context provides evidence of eighteenth-century performance practices, which can be used to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor. Particular attention is given to the standard violin playing techniques in the eighteenth century. The third work, Robert Fuchs' Serenade No. 3 in E Minor, provides historical information about the role of the conductor. Conducting considerations are explored in his first and third movements. Lastly, the work of Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony is examined and analyzed. Particular attention is given to the main themes of each movement. Each theme contains historical information provided by Britten himself.