The Height of Elegance: The Classical ERA - Katrina Andrews

Although it is defined as a time period in the history of western music, the theme of my gallery is the era of classical music. To narrow the subject, my project will be focusing on the time period between 1775-1825, and the artwork that was created from this genre. During this time period, some of the greatest composers were found such as Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791), and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).  

The man playing the piano in the illustrated art portrays his emotional connection to music, which is the focal point of this piece. The classical era was based off of this kind of inspiration; where composers were connected to their music. The colors on the wall behind the man are painted music notes.
This portrait contains one of the greatest composers of the Classical Era, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He is painted as the young boy in the blue playing the piano. A violinist, who is accompanying him in the piece he is playing, surrounds him. The focal point of this artwork is how Mozart began composing at such a young age.
Piano Concerto in C minor is a visual of one of the many works composed by Wolfgang Mozart. This particular piece was created in 1786, the early years of the Classical Era. On the music sheet, it is clearly visible that his musical works were not simple compositions, but more complex pieces.
The Grand Piano by the firm S. & P. Erard was created in 1856. This beautifully gold painted piano with bronze mounts is located in the Royal Collection Trust in Buckingham Palace, in the United Kingdom. The focal point of this artwork is how most pieces during the Classical Era were played on pianos.
Ludwig van Beethoven is presented in the portrait from 1819. The colors chosen in the background of the portrait are gloomy and dark. If you look close enough to the left corner of the self-portrait, you can see that he is holding a roll of his piano sheet music he composed.
In the short four and a half minute clip is an orchestra playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9. This concert recording was performed in October of 2015, although the symphony was composed back in the Classical Era. This is a great representation of one of the many talented works by the famous Beethoven.
In this short three minute video of one of the most famous and well-known orchestral pieces, is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5. This concert performance occurred in 1972, although it was written in the early 1800s. The amount of musicians needed to play Beethoven’s symphonies was many because he composed formal music.
The Fragment in Itself created in 2006 by Suchan Kinoshita represents the broken pieces of a piano. There is a piano positioned on the back white wall, with a single light shining down on the center of the keys. There are also many broken wooden pieces of another piano on the ground.
The Gore Family with George 3rd Earl Cowper painting shows the family having a music session in 1775. There is a woman playing the piano, and a gentleman sitting next to her playing the cello. All of the other family members are lounging around on the couch, or just standing.
The image of the Viennese Grand Piano illustrates a Viennese Grand Piano that was made in 1815. The popular musicians such as Beethoven and Mozart played this distinct type of piano during the Classical Era time period. This particular photograph of Viennese instrument was taken by Anton Martin Thym, and is displayed at the National Music Museum.
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