Music Assignment

 Listen to Rachmaninov’s “Musical Moment no. 4.” Describe its emotional impact on you and its melody, tempo, harmonies that help to create it. After listening to Nikolai Lugansky and Ya-Fei Chuang performances, compare the two. — 

 Describe your perception of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7, 2d movement. Try to describe the character of this music by words and what musical elements help to create this character 


  • Susanna’s aria from “Le Nozze di Figaro” – Deh vieni, non tardar
Giunse alfin il momento		          	The moment finally arrives
Che godro senz'affanno           When I'll enjoy [experience joy] without haste
In braccio all'idol mio           In the arms of my beloved...
Timide cure uscite dal mio petto! Fearful anxieties, get out of my heart!
A turbar non venite il mio diletto. Do not come to disturb my delight.
O come par che all'amoroso foco Oh, how it seems that to amorous fires
L'amenita del loco,        The comfort of the place,
La terra e il ciel risponda. Earth and heaven respond,
               [Oh, it seems that earth, heaven and this place
               answered my heart's amorous fire.]
Come la notte i furti miei risponda As the night responds to my ruses.

Deh vieni, non tardar, o gioja bella            Oh, come, don't be late, my beautiful joy
Vieni ove amore per goder t'appella Come where love calls you to enjoyment
Finche non splende in ciel notturna face Until night's torches no longer shine in the sky
Finche l'aria e ancor bruna,        As long as the air is still dark
E il mondo tace.                And the world quiet.
Qui mormora il ruscel, qui scherza l'aura Here the river murmurs and the light plays
Che col dolce susurro il cor ristaura That restores the heart with sweet ripples
Qui ridono i fioretti e l'erba e fresca Here, little flowers laugh and the grass is fresh
Ai piaceri d'amor qui tutto adesca.   Here, everything entices one to love's pleasures
Vieni, ben mio, tra queste piante ascose. Come, my dear, among these hidden plants.
Vieni, vieni!                  Come, come!
Ti vo' la fronte incoronar di rose.        I want to crown you with roses.

  • Read English translation of the aria’s text provided above and explain the experience that the character is going through. Listen to the aria performed by the four great sopranos: Mozart – The Nozze di Figaro, ‘Deh vieni, non tardar’ =Kathleen Battle – = Anna Moffo – = Anna Netrebko – = Mirella Freni – =Describe its emotional impact on you, and how its melody, tempo, harmonies that help to create it. Compare the four performances and explain how each performer portrays the meaning of text through music, which performer you prefer and why.

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