The second violin plays mezzo forte
while everyone else plays piano-, then the viola plays mezzo forte
while everyone else plays piano, and so on.
As Gerald Strang pointed out in his 1968 catalogue essay, music composition can be a lot like computer programming: "If I write a series of notes and I say this passage is to be played mezzo forte
by the oboe, with certain particular kinds of attacks and certain phrasing .
had been achieved con amore and we continued our crescendo to the main course.
However, there was a noticeable wobble in his voice, and it seemed as though the only dynamics he could muster were mezzo forte
And in this area, I think, the Singers could have brought more tonal variety and dynamic contrast to certain choruses, at least in the oratorio's first part: Too often in that half, the choral sound, movement-to-movement, was homogenous and dynamics rarely sounded less than mezzo forte
I doubt the musicians were playing in a range constantly between mezzo forte
This was a performance full of life and energy though if there was one slight reservation,it was that the choral movements tended to be constant mezzo forte
, with little variation.