Assume that as a music reporter for a newspaper you have the opportunity to interview a Baroque composer for an article you are writing.
- Choose a composer from the Baroque period.
- Name the composer in your post.
- Listen to two compositions written by that composer. Name the compositions in your post. (Note: You may choose a composer not discussed in this week’s reading.)
**List five questions you would ask and what you think the composer’s answers would be.**
(Three questions should be related to music.)
Include a link to an example of that composer’s music in your response.
Include a thoughtful subject line that reflects your main points.
REPLY TO EACH POST 100 WORDS MIN EACH
1. I will be doing my Interview on Johann Sebastian Bach who is said to be the most inspirational musician of the Baroque Era. Bach was considered to be the best because music that he made in that era is still referenced and played by musicians across the whole world today.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor was performed by Bach and that to this day is his most famous. It is so amazing because it is believed that it was written when he was a young teen and the piece starts out with toccata then it follows in Fugue and ends in a coda which usually is the last passage of music. It is crazy that it was made when he was so young. Bach was believed to be the best at the organ and violin which he learned as a child. Bach’s Fugue in D minor was actually thought that it was originally not in D minor and was actually written for the violin and not the Organ. It today is still used in music and movies making it the most popular piece of the Baroque era.
The second composition I chose was “The Well-Tempered Clavier”. It is a collection of two sets of preludes and fugues in all of its keys. In his time the name came from a variety of keyboard instruments. Most typically the harpsichord and clavichord. Bach’s book Collection called The Well-Tempered Clavier book1 and book 2 are considered the most important book in classical music history. Bach made the preludes and fugues in C major and C minor finishing the fugue in B minor.
Q1) Mr. Bach, what inspired you to write your two books of The Well-Tempered Clavier?
A1) Mr. Strain, I wrote it to be able to share my music for people to carry on the wealth of music for centuries after I am gone.
Q2) Mr. Bach, What is your favorite instrument to use? And why?
A2) Mr. Strain, my favorite instrument is the organ. It is the organ because I became so proficient at it at a young age that it became like second nature to me.
Q3) Mr. Bach, what is your favorite music that you have ever played
A3) Mr. Strain, my all-time favorite piece is Toccata and Fugue in D minor, I say that because I believe that it had the biggest impact in my city and to see people try and recreate it brings me so much joy that I have changed music introducing fugue.
Q4) Mr. Bach, if you were born in an era that wasn’t Baroque do you believe you would be more or less successful?
A4) Mr. Strain, I believe that I would be successful but I don’t think my music would have the same impact that it has had on the world.
Q5) Mr. Bach, do you think having an absolute monarchy helped or hurt the Baroque music?
A5) Mr. Strain I believe that it helped having the Monarchy because so many rulers loved it that it is what most people listened to. That is why I think the Monarchy helped the Baroque Music.
2. Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4th, 1678, in Venice, Italy. Vilaldi’s father, Giovannu Battista, was a professional violinist and taught his son to play as well. His father’s career exposed and introduced Antonio to some of the best musicians and composers in Venice. He became one the the greatest Baroque composers with nearly 500 concertos, 90 sonatas, 46 operas and a large body of sacred choral works and chamber music. Vivaldi was renowned for his concertos in Baroque style, and was a recognized innovator in form and pattern. He is well known for operas like Argippo and Bajazet, as well as violin concerto’s like The Four Seasons, Concerto No.5 in E flat major, “La tempest di mare” (The Storm at Sea or The Sea Storm) (RV 253), the “Anna Maria” concertos, concerto no.2 in E minor (RV 279) and violin concerto in A minor (RV 356). He died in poverty in Vienna on July 28th, 1741.
Q1. Mr Vivaldi, you had several different careers in your life. Can you explain why?
Matthew, as a child my father taught me the violin and introduced me to the wonderful world of music. I toured with him and we played the violin together. At 15, I trained to become a priest and was ordained. With my continuing passion for music, I continued to teach and compose music after my health prevented me from administering mass.
Q2. Mr Vivaldi, why are you called “il Prete Rosso”?
Matthew, “il Prete Rosso” means “the Red Priest”. As you can see, I have bright red hair and that made me stand out amongst my peers, hence the nickname.
Q3. Mr Vivaldi, how much did your father influence your music?
Matthew, I owe my foundation in music to my father. Not only did he teach me to become a prolific violin player, but because he was a professional violinist, I got the opportunity to tour with him and be introduced to musicians and composers that would influence my career and passion for music.
Q4. Mr Vivaldi, how did your health influence you career?
Well, Matthew, I would say it had a tremendous influence. Due to my asthma and breathing problems, I could not play any wind instruments and focussed on the violin, hence the many violin concertos I composed. Also, after being ordained a priest, I realized within a year that I could not fulfill those duties as I was unable to delivery mass. However, that lead to a full life and career as composer, teacher and violin player.
Q5. Mr Vivaldi, how did patrons and the monarchy influence your music?
Matthew, I had several patrons which supported me and allowed me the opportunity to compose my music, especially patrons in Mantua and Rome, during which time I composed The Four Seasons, a violin concerto with four sonnets. I was well supported by the European royal families and had the privilege of composing Gloria e Imeneo, a cantata, for the wedding of King Louis XV