Wednesday, March 23, 2011: Spring, Part 3

Wait for it! Spring's coming! Part 3

Chamber Music

Q: What is chamber music?

A: Chamber music takes place in a “chamber” — that is, a small concert hall or even a large room. Unlike a full symphony, chamber music features only about two to 12 musicians, often a trio or quartet, so there’s usually only one of each type of instrument.

The instruments can be of the same family, such as a violin, viola, and cello; or they can be different, such as a piano and clarinet.

But since there’s only one of each instrument, each musician has to carry more of the load than when playing in an orchestra, because they’re the only one responsible for the sound from that particular instrument.

You may find that it’s easier to follow the voice or sound of each instrument in chamber music because there are fewer of them, the venue is smaller, and often the feeling is warmer or more intimate.

Look for upcoming concerts in your area, and try attending a symphony, a concerto, and a chamber music performance. See what you notice, what you like, and what you don’t like.

What’s your preference? oo

Tomorrow: How can there be ‘color’ in music?

If you aren’t too sure about what to listen for in classical music … if you don’t quite feel comfortable at a concert … or if you’d like to chat with friends about classical music concerts you’re thinking about attending, this week’s special series of articles may be helpful for you.

As always, our intent is to education, entertain, and enlighten people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and experience levels in Czech classical music, opera, and ballet.

Photo Credits: Zuzana Pernicov√°

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