a brief essay on the music of Bach

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The piece I chose to examine was the Brandenburg

concerto No.4, composed by John Sebestian Bach. As I was

listening to the piece, I realized that I actually

recognized several elements, which we have discussed in

class. The tempo of this piece is relatively quick and

upbeat. The pitch level was moderately high which I

recognized as the violin. I also heard an organ playing a

lower pitch level, which was harmonizing the sounds of the

violin. Many instruments came into play throughout this

piece which I thought created an enjoyable harmonizing

sound. As the piece continued, I noticed many dynamic

changes. It began with a loud and strong beginning and at

times it would descend down to a softer tone. After this I

noticed it quickly descending up. I heard a constant rhythm

throughout most of the piece; however, at times it slowed

down to put more emphasis on the instruments being played

as an accent mark.

I noticed that the violin had a pleasant

sound production, which clearly exemplified Bach's

expression. The timbre of the violin and organ create a

different color. The piece ends with a slight tempo change

and continuous harmony occurring with the higher ad lower

pitches reinforcing each other in consonance