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Preview– Alexander String Quartet at Baruch Performing Arts Center (4/25)


  • W.A. Mozart:  String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K. 590
  • Dmitri Shostakovich:  String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp major, Op. 108

Venue: Baruch Performing Arts Center – Newman Vertical Campus
Baruch College: 25th St. (bet. 3rd and Lexington Aves.)

Performers: THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET- Zakarias Grafilo Violin 1, Frederick Lifsitz Violin 2, Paul Yarbrough Viola, Sandy Wilson Cello

Mozart was a composer that was in debt a lot and constantly asking people to lend him money, so he would compose pieces for people that would pay him. Mozart composed, “six quartets for King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia,” (Hildesheimer 1981, 25) and one of the six quartets was String quartet No. 23 in F Major K. 590. Since String quartet No. 23 is one of the pieces I will be listening to, so now I am expecting the piece to be upbeat and glorifying the King of Prussia. Also Haydn, a composer from the Classical period like Mozart, produced many string quartets and “in Vienna, Haydn and Mozart became close friends and influenced each other’s musical style” (Kamien 1998, 155).

Shostakovich composed, “two of his most highly personal works,” (Wilson 1994, 332) and one of them is String quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor.  This piece was, “dedicated to his late wife, and written to commemorate her fiftieth birthday,” (Wilson 1994, 332) so I would assume he wrote about how he misses her and the good times they had. It is interesting that Alexander String quartet will be playing the string quartet in major instead of minor. So I think it will make it interesting and maybe more livelier than the original.


Hildesheimer, Wolfgang. Mozart. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, c1981.

Wilson, Elizabeth. Shostakovich: A Life Remembered. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1994.

Kamien, Roger. Music An Appreciation. Boston, Mass. : McGraw-Hill, c1998.

Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi- Symphonies


Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi – Symphonies


This song is in duple meter and is playing a moderate tempo for the most part, but then at (2:27) the song starts to go into a slow tempo and back to moderate tempo at (2:51) The rhythm is kept together by a faint piano in the background.


The song is using a minor scale. The melody is consistent mostly until the drum and cymbal were introduced at (0:11). At (0:22)-(0:25) the melody disappears then reappears, with only the piano and cymbal present. Dan Black and Kid Cudi vocals are both using lower pitches, which are consistent. The piano becomes the accompaniment to the drum.


The pianos and drum are playing in harmony. You can hear some modulation at (1:26), (2:29), and (0:22). There is consonance to the song as the pitches go together.


In the song you can hear a piano and a drum being played. The drums bring an upbeat liveliness to the song. The piano gives you soothing, calm, and a relax feeling.


‘Symphonies’ is in a Ternary form with 3 sections to it. There is repetition for the most part of the song. From the beginning of the song till (2:27) would be A. Secondly (2:27)-(2:51) is B. Then finally after (2:51) we would go back to A to finish up the song.


The dynamics of the song is at ‘mp’ for moderately soft.


Since the song has one main melody the drum with accompaniment of the piano the texture of ‘Symphonies’ is homophonic.


"This song is a nice choice with all the changes in dynamics and different instruments being used at different times. I also liked how you went into deep detailed work into this song."
posted on Feb 22, 2013, on the post Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams

"In this song I enjoyed the guitar playing as it gave off a calm feeling but you forgot to include the form the song is in. I think the song is in Ternary form from the beginning till the second guitar comes in than back to the first."
posted on Feb 22, 2013, on the post Afterlife – “Cry”