Archive for March, 2010


March 31, 2010

The word impressionism was created by the painted work of impression and sunrise from the artist Claude Monet. I personally love the impressionist paintings. They are paintings of things that made impressions on people. So these are paintings of what they think is beautiful and what they love. This was something that has made an impression on their life and would want to keep it and share it with others.

I love that these things were important and made an impression on the artist and that they painted it to share with others.

Paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir were paintings of every day life and things that happen every day, but he wanted to capture the moment. I think that that is awesome and this is why I love the impressionist paintings because they were capturing a moment that will never be exactly the same ever again. Things change, there will be different people at a race, there will be a different sunset or sunrise with different clouds in the background, there will be different clothing, and expressions on a face. Everything will be different and they are capturing the moment at that given time.

Just as Edgar Degas he was influenced by photography, capturing a moment in time. He was doing the same things with his paintings. He liked painting spontaneous moments.

One piece of work that I like from the impressionist era is from Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This piece is Luncheon of the Boating Party this piece is just a moment in time of probably friends, family, or acquaintances just having fun at a party with smiles and conversations. You get to see expressions on the people’s faces. There are wine bottles on the tables, a dog in one of the ladies arms. It is just like a day at a party.

Pierre-Huguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881

Another painting that I like is from Claude Monet it is Regattas at Sainte-Adresse. To me a lot of the paintings are like how I look at pictures. This is because in every picture it is a moment in time and that is why I love pictures and this is exactly what these paintings are doing. Nothing is the same there is always going to be something new and things changing. As in the painting Regattas at Sainte-Adresse, this is a beautiful painting, but there will never be a day with the exact same clouds and ships and people. It is amazing and I love this picture with the ripples in the water and the clouds scattered around. It is just a beautiful painting.

Claude Monet, Regates a Sainte-Adresse, 1867

Post-impressionist paintings showed the brush strokes of the paintings. The post-impressionist painting I looked at was Place du Carrousel. In the Place du Carrousel . In post-impressionist paintings they use color and shapes to get the psychological view. They do this so you focus on what is actually in the picture and the meaning and reason for the moment in time instead of the actual appearance.

Camille Pissarro, Place du Carrousel, Paris 1900


The Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute

March 17, 2010

Queen of the Night Aria from The Magic Flute

The Queen of the Night Aria is from an Opera that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed in 1791. The opera is called “The Magic Flute” which was made for Emanuel Schikaneder.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart full name is Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. He was born in Salzburg, which is now Austria, to Leopold and Anna Maria Pertl Mozart. Wolfgang’s father was Leopold who was the deputy in charge of music making for the orchestra of the Archbishop of Salzburg. Leopold also was a teacher and had published a violin textbook.

Wolfgang was a very influential composer with composing over 600 works. He showed ability for music at an early age by being proficient on the piano and violin. By the age of five Wolfgang had already composed a piece of music and had preformed it before the European royalty. For many years Wolfgang traveled with his family and preformed in different parts of Europe along with his sister Nannerl.

The Queen of the Night Aria is about the Queen’s daughter becoming the wife or Tamino. But the Queens daughter Pamina is due all the darkness and supersitition so together the couple must go through several ordeals in order to be worthy enough for the Temple of Light.

There are different things that contribute to her being conceived as powerful and in charge. What made me think that she was in charge was how she looked and was dressed, how she posed herself through out the song and opera, and her vocals. She dressed powerful but beautiful, with her hair pulled back and wearing a long dress that looked as if it was natural but long, beautiful, and elegant. She poised herself by making fast and swift moves. She poised her self to look powerful and move powerfully. But her vocals I believe are what made it all come together. When she was singing to her daughter she was singing with passion and anger. You could tell that she was angry with every step that she took and by her facial expressions. When the queen made a move Pamina was terrified. But the pitches that were made by the Queen were just phenomenal that would make anyone tremble also. Her voice is so beautiful but it would make you tremble with fear.

The person who represented The Queen of the Night Aria had to be able to sing in extremely high ranges. But what The Queen of the Night Aria was saying to Pamina while she was singing was “The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart, Death and despair flame around me! If Sarastro does not through you feel the pain of death, then you will be my daughter nevermore. Disowned may you be forever, Destroyed be forever all the bonds of nature, if not through you Sarastro becomes pale! Hear, Gods of Revenge, hear a mother’s oath!”

So as well as how the Queen portrayed herself and sounded she was very angry as you can tell by her words. She was feeling betrayed and she no longer wanted anything to do with her daughter if she ended up going to the Temple of Light.

I thought that the whole song was interesting but what I personally really liked was hearing the range of The Queen of the Night Aria. It was powerful and she went so high with her vocals and would just change vocals in such a high pitch. It was amazing and fascinating to me to hear.