Campus Event Commentary Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

Last night I attended the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The piece was carried by an excellent soft and loud dynamic giving it a similar feeling to a thrilling movie. The timpani acted as a heartbeat throughout the piece, beating softer or harder depending on the point in the song. There wasn’t too much of any particular instrument or single feeling in the song. It had a rollercoaster of feelings and sounds where it would sound dark and hopeless, happy, excited, fearful, even bored at some points but definitely not boring to listen to. Over all, the song had a fantasy and epic feel, which is certain that this was intentional considering the variety of emotions portrayed in the piece. The trumpets had an almost vocal singing tone during the song uplifting the piece and complementing the bass. The intro piece was separate from the Tchaikovsky and admittedly was not of the same quality or feel but served well to introduce the upcoming song and add variety to the show.

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