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Concert/Solo Instrumental Works

  • Decline of the concerto grosso saw a rise in the solo concerto
  • Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven yet again are the guys
  • Solo works for everything, typically centered on the sonata form
  • Chamber music grew in popularity
  • Smaller works that gave composers yet another way to experiment for the larger works
  • Sounded remarkably similar to the symphony sounds of the composers

Concert/Solo Instrumental Works

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Solo Concert 0:22
    • Similar to Baroque, But With More Development
    • More Instruments and More Variation, Unlike Baroque
    • Decline of Concerto Grosso
    • Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
    • Very Similar to Styles of Symphony
  • Solo Works 2:58
    • Sonata in Every Instrument
    • Became the 'It' Form
    • Decline of the Dance Suite
    • Rise of Chamber Music
    • Chamber Music: Anything with More than One Performer (Duo, Trio, Quartet, Etc.)
  • So Why is Chamber Music Important? 4:43
    • Keep In Mind the Intense Musical Development From Polyphony
    • Larger-Scale Works
    • Smaller Works Allow for More Exploration of Tone, Timbre, Texture, and Orchestration
    • Rumored that Beethoven 5 Motive was Used in Other Works as a Tryout
    • Like Picasso Sketches
  • Examples 7:25
    • Mozart Quintet (5) for Clarinet and String Quartet
    • Combines String Quartet with Solo Writing
    • Haydn Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano
    • Listen to Examples
    • Haydn: Sounds Like a Symphony
    • Beethoven: Sounds Like Experiments
    • Mozart: Seeks Performative Balance
  • Review 11:59
    • Concerto Continued in Its Development
    • Solo Writing Continued in Development
    • Chamber Music Slowly Took Off
    • Similar to the Need in Baroque for More Intimate Concert Settings
    • Gave Composers an Outlet for Experimenting