Normal People Listen: Tess listens to Strauss

It’s time for the first installment of Normal People Listen to Classical Music!  In which real humans who don’t usually listen to classical music share their thoughts after listening to a classical piece.

npltcmName: Tess

Age: 17

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Interests: Government, international relations

Piece: “Auf dem Gimpel” from Eine Alpensinfonie by Richard Strauss

Thoughts: I don’t know how I am supposed to be feeling right now.

At first it was all prancy and soft with that oboe looking instrument and then it turned into a bunch of horns.

What is that tiny looking trumpet and why is it in an orchestra?

I keep flashing back to the time my mom made me take music lessons where we learned all the composers and the notes and I hated it.

Is is possible to play the violin badly?  Or is that a viola?  It’s like the same thing I don’t know why anyone says otherwise.

Oh the tiny trumpets are back.  Maybe the people playing them are just really large in comparison.

This is definitely background music to someone important dying.

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