Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The sign of the four

What do you see in the image above? That's four bassoons together. Tarakari makes efforts to 'save the bassoon', as you may like to read here.

Today we observe how instruments of the same family sound in conflict and harmony. So if four bassoons go on a date and converse, they sound like how Antonio Vivaldi tells us in his concerto featuring four bassoons. Flit your eyes from one player to the other and take in the sound and mood.

But why the number four? We will eventually get introduced to duos and trios and other such terms. Let's just start with the four.
And these are four violins at the same time. In a lovely-to-understand video. Want to notice something cool? See how two violins make for the rhythm - notice the short flourishes. And then at the 2:30 mark, they are on a song, and you'd like to note the contrast in sound. It seems everybody has a voice in Georg Philipp Telemann's concerto for four violins.

And we end with a wildly popular video about four cellos at a wedding. See how the four cellos sound (or do they really sound like this?). This is Pachelbel's Canon in D made into rock. Are they celebrating the wedding or the cello?

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