Comparing and Contrasting two pieces of music.

Essay by hashthedealerJunior High, 9th gradeA+, September 2003

download word file, 2 pages 4.7

Downloaded 74 times

In the essay I will compare and contrast "Gavotte" from the Classical Symphony by Prokofiev and the "Fantasy on Japanese Woodblocks" by Alan Hovhannes. I felt different about both pieces, but I did see a couple similarities. And that's what I'm going to explain about in this essay: both the differences and the similarities of the two pieces.

I'll start by explaining how I felt about both pieces. The "Gavotte" had a very calming affect on me. For a minute I felt as if I was in the wonderful jungle sitting and listening to a peaceful waterfall and finding peace to my soul. But it also made me tap my fingers and feet.

The second piece by the Hovhannes had awoken a totally different emotion in me, instead of feeling happy and peaceful I felt scared, uncertain, and had a feeling that something bad was about to happen.

After a while I started to get annoyed of all the repeated high notes. But I still tapped my fingers according to the Marimba. Unfortunately I didn't have any intellectual or spiritual responses for both the pieces.

I will now explain the elements of Music to show how both the pieces where played differently and how they were played the same.

The beat of the "Gavotte" was not too fast or too slow, more or less in the middle. Although it did have a "jump" once in a while. The rhythm was pretty lazy and simple because it had quite a bit of repetition. But it isn't as obvious as the very repetitive rhythm of the second piece by Alan Hovhannes. The "Gavotte" had a skip and step melody , which means that it notes would jump back and forth on the scale. The...