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Concerts Across Time
Music as with culture has changed markedly throughout our history altering the way we experience and appreciate the songs and compositions of our time. During this essay we will cover the Baroque style of music by discussing “Il Combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda” by Claudio Monteverdi. and how it was experienced by the population. Next, we will discuss a song performed by Journey titled “Wheel in the Sky” during a concert in Pennsylvania, and how this music is experienced around the world. Finally, we will compare and contrast the differences in delivery, audience experience, and how that has changed over time. Before we can understand modern music and concert delivery, we must first understand the Baroque era of music.
Our example of Baroque style as discussed comes from Claudio Monteverdi in his composition “Il Combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda” which is included in Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals. The opera is a romantic piece composed as a statement on the Christian crusades and takes place specifically during the first crusade. This opera includes one of the earliest uses of pizzicato, a technique that involves plucking the strings of the instrument, in the Baroque style of music. This opera, as with the other works involved in his Eighth Book of Madrigals, was composed as a musical set with a focus on fighting. The style had a certain energy and strike to it as to set the scene for what would be a fight. Now that we understand Claudio Monteverdi’s story telling through his work in the Opera Il Combattimento we can discuss a modern story telling by Journey.
For our modern concert experience, we chose a performance by Journey delivering their song “Wheel in the Sky” to a packed house in Pennsylvania in April of 2016. The song starts with a long instrumental that is intended to showcase the musical talent of the guitar players, but it also serves the purpose of opening the story. The instrumental portion is used to allow the audience to experience the energy and speed of the song before Arnel Pineda begins to sing. The song itself tells a story of a man who appears to be working with one goal of getting home to his loved one. The song references several emotions and feelings that are relatable to everyone. Some examples of these would include the description of winter which helps to signify the character’s loneliness, and the wheel in the sky is a depiction of our orbit around the sun and a passing of time. Since we can now appreciate both the baroque piece by Monteverdi and the modern song by Journey, let’s now compare the two in delivery and experience.
You will notice that both of these pieces have a certain love story and struggle to them, but both are told in completely different fashions. Monteverdi’s piece is a love story with a backdrop of war brought on by the Christian crusades. Journey, on the other hand, is showing the struggle of a man attempting to work to make his way back home to his loved one. His battle isn’t a war as in Monteverdi’s opera, but rather a struggle against time to get back to his home. The contrasts in instruments couldn’t be more different with Monteverdi’s piece requiring a large orchestra with many instruments and performers to tell the story. In comparison, Journey has the standard instruments of an 80’s band performing a classic rock song all while utilizing electric guitars. Now that we understand the difference in the two pieces, we will now discuss the audience experience and how that has changed.
Audiences today are much different than they were during the Baroque era of music. We have so many different ways of experiencing music and concerts that we are at times overwhelmed with choices. From every genre in our modern era you can find something that will fit your personality and your musical tastes. Obviously, this access and experience wasn’t available to the general public during Monteverdi’s time. The music was written for the upper echelon of society to enjoy, and written for a totally different type of experience during concerts. In modern concerts it isn’t uncommon to find people dancing, singing, and swaying to the music from their seats. In fact, it is fairly common for the band to elicit audience participation by enticing the audience to sing along or clap their hands. Of course, this wasn’t the type of experience that Monteverdi was attempting with his opera. As you can now see the delivery and availability drastically impacted its development, and also how it was experienced by an audience.
In closing, we have discussed several aspects of Monteverdi’s “Il Combattimento” with that of Journey’s “Wheel in the Sky.” We have discussed the story and emotions that the composers attempted to invoke in their pieces, as well as the backdrops that impacted their development. We also discussed the delivery methods used and how the access to music impacted its creation over the last few centuries. I hope you now understand why modern composition is so different from its historical counterparts, and that it has more to do with trying to sell your music to a broader audience then it does with the creation of music itself.