The first piece performed by the Conservatory Orchestra is from Schubert’s first movement of Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D.485. This is followed by the Nocturne from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61.
The Allegro in Schubert’s symphony follows the classical sonata form where the melodic material is pleasing and delightful. The music in the development section passes through different keys and the recapitulation opens with the first theme again before ending in the original key.
In Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the fairy kingdom and humanity are reflected by the dual worlds in the incidental music. The tranquil nocturne begins with the bassoons and horns. The soft and calm melody becomes slightly agitated as the strings take over and the theme is transformed into the minor mode. The flutes and higher woodwinds depict a gentle lullaby before the music finally ends with a harmonious blend of instruments.
We hope you enjoy the selection of the music played during the libraries’ closing for the night.