Hello, class! I’m happy that you all reached the Singapore Conference Hall on time. I believe you all have bought your tickets to the concert already, right? Without further ado, let’s enter the concert!
Students: “Woahhhh… There’s so many people!”
Hurry up and sit down!
Emcees: “Good evening, audience. Welcome to the ✨Lumiére✨ concert, proudly presented to you by Dunman High’s Symphonic Band cum Alumni! ”
Oh, here come the musicians~
Emcees: “First up, we will be performing Danse Bacchanale from Saint-Saëns most famous opera, Samson and Delilah! Sit back, relax and enjoy~”
If you want to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEUYMYbV7XM
Okay students, so there are a few music terms to describe the pace, mood, intensity of the performance. Let’s learn some through the course of this concert 🙂 The music terms may not be present in the performance, but I will just introduce one for each.
1) Maestoso – very majestic and grand playing
Emcees: “Next up, we’ll be playing the theme song from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä), which is a 1984 anime.”
If you want to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1EiGG–eXc
2) Crescendo – gradual increase in loudness and intensity
Emcees: “Last but not least, the Finale from Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony.”
3) Pianississimo – very soft (opposite of fortissimo)
4) Fortissimo – very loud (opposite of pianississimo)
Emcees: “This marks the end of the concert.”
Audience: “ENCORE! ENCORE! ENCORE!”
Surprisingly, the conductor went back on stage and the musicians began playing the final song – a medley of Adele’s popular songs, namely Someone Like You, Set Fire To The Rain, and Rolling In The Deep.
5) Estinto – extinguished, almost inaudible, even softer than pianississimo
Emcees: “This is really the end of the concert. We hope you have a wonderful night. Thank you!”
To summarise, we learnt maestoso, crescendo, pianississimo, fortissimo, and estinto.
And yes, all this is the exact same concert I attended 5 hours before writing this post. I have very little understanding of classical music, but I went to support my friends who had practiced a lot the past several months and were in the performance. Even so, I really enjoyed it! Thank you everyone for the performance, especially Min Low, Hazel Chua and Nicole Foo!
Anyways, that’s the end of class. Thanks for reading!