I chose “Allegro Burlesco” by Friedrich Kuhlau because it sounds energetic and humorous. While playing this piece I learned lots of new words like jocular and sforzando.   It was really fun in the beginning because you’re learning how it sounds as you play it. I thought it sounded really good.  Some challenges I faced were making sure that the notes sounded right and making the dynamics right. The reason I chose this picture is because Allegro Burlesco is a playful and jocular piece. And the monkeys shown in the picture are playful and funny. 

~ Presentation by Lucy Sliwowski

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Dr. Marcia Bosits
Dr. Marcia Bosits(@marcia-bosits)
26 days ago

Picture You chose an image with playful monkeys, creatures that display the same qualities you want us to hear in the music.  What a wonderful way to help us appreciate and remember those qualities! Introduction Students should learn more than just how to physically play certain passages when they study a piece of music.  You made this point when you wrote that you learned a new vocabulary of musical terms through this music.  Teachers love reading this!  You also told your audience the challenges that you had and what you paid attention to when practicing the Allegro Burlesco.  That will help other students practice more effectively if they decide to work on this piece.   Performance The qualities in your playing absolutely matched your description of the music. We heard the energy, life, and joking aspects of the piece.Excellent tempo choice for Allegro, and you managed the tempo well.Best of all, you gave beautiful attention to touch (articulation) which is so important in Classical music.Your LH accompaniment was light and clean, and you brought out the descending bass notes.There was good dynamic contrast in the middle section especially.  You could give more dynamic shape to the passages that are in contrary… Read more »

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 month ago

Lucy, this is a fabulous presentation. Your picture of the monkeys and your use of the new word “jocular” got me all in the mood for the piece before I even listened to it!

Your performance was impeccable. In case “impeccable” is another new word, it means wonderful, perfect. I can’t imagine anyone playing this piece any better! Your grace notes were especially crisp and exciting, your scales smooth and even, your dynamic contrasts controlled and effective. I especially liked your transition from the minor, jocular section to the more legato major section. Your slight ritard into the new section was very artistic, and quite beautiful. This section is such a nice contrast to the playful monkeys, and your phrasing and pedaling worked nicely in this section.

I am a piano and composition teacher, and I didn’t know this piece until your presentation! Now I’m excited to share it with some of my students, and to show them your great performance.

I am so glad that you are part of our Yamazaki Piano Club, which is a group of highly talented musicians like yourself. I look forward to hearing more of your wonderful performances!

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Lola Mestas
Lola Mestas(@lola-mestas)
1 month ago

This piece certainly is bouncy! Very nice performance.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

Great performance, Lucy. You have my whole body moving. I feel like you pulled me to dance. Nicely done. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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29 days ago

You’re most welcome, Sliwowski Family.

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