As the piece went on I could hear that there seemed to be a lot of imitation between the parts. On my first listening I was unable to hear the form but could hear the beginning theme come in different points in the various voices. Listening 2, March 6 (1 0:00 pm), laptop, with score, W;Ruggeri Collaborative Listening to this piece while I was reading along with the score was extremely helpful. This time I was able to hear more clearly the individual lines instead of hearing the piece as a whole.
Focusing on each part individually was able to hear that each part played some version of the melody. Though the entrances of the melody were clearer, I was still unable to hear the form, even while reading along with the score. It was hard for me to hear the cello in the recording that I chose. Listening 3, March 7 (9:30 am), laptop, without score, Claremont Trio I listened to a different recording this time and it made a big difference. Without hearing the echo of the hall was better able to hear the cello. Tried to use this listening to hear the piece as a whole.
The three voices for the most part are in agreement with each other, but even when they play against other voices they don’t sound like they are fighting each other. After still not knowing what the form is from listening I looked it up and discover it uses a modified strophic form. Listening 4, March 8 (2:00 pm), car, without score, Claremont Trio Knowing the form when listening could hear how it fit together more clearly now. I can clearly hear the changes that each instrument makes with the melody, and how they are kept the same.
I would have thought that all that was going on in the piano part would muddle or overpower the other parts where instead it enhances them. Listening 5, March 9 (6:00 pm), phone, with score Knowing what the form is while having the score in front of me I was able to mark where each of the voices began each strophe. Found that was separating the strophes into more than there are. While there are only four strophes (m 1, 11, 23, 35) I was hearing the fragments of the melody being played as the beginning off different strophe.
Conclusion I wasn’t sure if I liked the piece the first time I heard it, but after having listened to it multiple times I found that I started to like it more each time I listened to it. While at first I thought this piece was rather boring, I have come to appreciate the simple complexity that it offers. Learning about the form and how it all fit together definitely helped me to understand the song better. Fanny was clearly not as well-known as her brother Felix, and was often overlooked in favor of him.
When Fanny was 14 years old her father said to her, “Music will perhaps become his profession [Felix], but for you it can only be an ornament, never the root of your being and doing. ” On her 23rd birthday her father further told her, “You must become more steady and collected, and prepare more earnestly and eagerly for your calling, the only calling of a young woman -? mean the sate of a housewife. ” Despite the challenges she faced, Fanny managed to compile an impressive body of work. “It must be a sign of talent that I do not give up, though can get nobody to take an interest in my efforts. ”