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orchestraSince the beginning of the academic year, the libraries have been playing the closing music performed by the students of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

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.

3 Responses to “Closing Music”

  1. Wai Kit says:

    I do enjoy it = )

  2. dk says:

    this has become a part of my MBBS experience

  3. czw says:

    I actually googled “nus library closing song” and was so glad I found the answer. Thanks a lot!

    The Schubert one is the one i was looking for, I really liked it when it played during my late nights studying in the library. However, I have not heard the second one before. Probably most of the time I was rushing to pack up for fear that the lights would go off!

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