What was the instrumentation of the orchestra?

Choose one of the four online performances below to watch. You will need ppaper and pen to take notes. Some students find it helpful to make a chart beforehand of the musical elements and write comments in each category about each piece or movement on the program while you watch the concert performance online.  Have fun!

  1. Write the equivalent of a 2-3 page report giving a review of the concert you watched. Your review must include the following:
    1. What kind of listener were you during the concert? Why?
    2. What pieces were performed and whom composed them? What were the movements entitled, if there were different movements within one work?
    3. What was the style of each of the pieces performed?
    4. What was the instrumentation of the orchestra?
    5. Draw out the seating arrangement of the instruments/musicians in the orchestra to demonstrate that you know which instruments are which.
  2. Analyze 3-4 pieces or the different movements played during the concert using the following criteria from the course–specifically write about each piece or movement in terms of each of the following musical elements. Take notes as you listen so you create a thorough report.
    • Unity and Variety
    • Structure of the Music
    • Purpose of the Music
    • Tempo
    • Volume
    • Rhythm
    • Melody
    • Harmony
    • Form
    • Historical Period
  3. Use Microsoft Word to type your report. Save as .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format.
  4. Run a spell check/grammar check (under the “Review” menu in Word). Correct grammar and spelling will be part of your grade.

Below are the choices and on the attachments there is a sample of how the asssignment is suppose to represent.  

Choice Number 1: Proms 2016 – Gustav Holst – The Planets [Edward Gardner, National Youth Orchestra]
Choice Number 2: Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin and

Choice Number 4: Duke, Dizzy, Trane, and Mingus–Jazz Titans–Jazz at Lincoln Center