Listening Homework; Bach

Students will be learning about concertos for a bit in my piano studio. We will be using this book (pictured) and picking pieces therefrom. To start, we will be listening to the Bradenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach. There are six concertos, so it’s a fairly long listen, but some of them are quite short. Notice…

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Google Doodle on Bernstein!

Reprinted from Google Doodles: Happy 100th birthday to American music icon Leonard Bernstein! The youngest conductor ever to lead the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, he was also the first U.S. conductor to gain international renown, leading a 1953 performance of ‘Medea’ at La Scala in Milan, Italy’s foremost opera house. The son of Russian…

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How to Kick The Blues, or, A Chance Meeting with a Living Louisiana Music Legend.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for me and, I think, for a lot of people.  One day recently, I had a meeting that was really demoralizing and left me in a total funk where nothing would spark my interest.   Fortunately, the next morning, I had my own piano lesson (a two-hour workout on…

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Best thing I’ve seen all day. Flash Chorus!

Not to overly spoil the surprise, but the following video depicts a random group of people bursting into “Va Pensiero” at a mall.  Well-worth watching. Couldn’t stop smiling. Who knew there were flash choruses?  I NEED to participate in one ASAP. In other news, this is the article from which I got the video.  Apparently…

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Free Beethoven Composer Quiz

My students have been learning about Beethoven in lessons recently and I’ve had several of them read the short Beethoven biography from MakingMusicFun.net. To accompany this lesson, I’ve created a little quiz on Beethoven based on the bio the students were given above.  I’ve used it at a lesson the week following having them read…

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New Portrait of Mozart Identified

I thought that I had posted this article a week ago, but I found it today, sitting in my draft photos.  So here we go. Researchers have confirmed that an 18th century portrait is that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The portrait is notable because it depicts him gazing directly at the viewer and sans white…

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Stream Purcell’s The Fairy Queen for free!

Here’s the link.  Streaming is available for free from now until August 17! http://gu.com/p/392nk From Glyndebourne’s website: Purcell’s intoxicating combination of words and music alternates elements of the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a variety of musical interludes. A magical brew has been concocted by director Jonathan Kent in inventive collaboration with designer Paul Brown.…

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