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Peter and the Wolf Listening Quiz

Peter and the Wolf Listening Quiz

After you’ve read all about Peter and the Wolf, watched the videos and listened to each instrument, see if you can answer the following questions: The first six questions relate to this video: There are seven characters played in this video.  For each of the seven examples see if you answer these questions:  What instrument […]

Peter and the Wolf – An Introduction to the Orchestra

Peter and the Wolf – An Introduction to the Orchestra

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf  never fails to delight us!   This introduction to the orchestra was originally intended for children, but everyone is entranced by his beloved masterpiece. We may be five years old, acting out each character and giggling through growls.  Perhaps we’re ten and just beginning to compose for different instruments — yes, […]

Samantha Strowd – Five Cats, Something Like That

Samantha Strowd – Five Cats, Something Like That

Everything about the competition sounded like fun! The year was 2011. The sponsor was a performance group in Hanover, Germany, who was giving their third annual Composers Competition. The Plathner Eleven chamber group certainly had a sense of humor and creativity. The rules for the competition were similar to other competitions, except for the theme […]

Living Horizontally

Living Horizontally

Life Lessons from a Piano Student A gifted piano student learns to “play horizontally” on the piano and “live horizontally” in her everyday life. Article by Emma Armstrong-Carter, originally published on our previous site, March 9, 2011.  Reprinted with permission of the author.    My piano teacher teaches me music theory and technique, but the […]

Glenn Gould and the power of playing slowly

Glenn Gould and the power of playing slowly

Inspiring Performance https://videos.files.wordpress.com/2GVkYyvT/voice-musicwiz-glenn-gould-goldberg-variations-bach-aria_hd.mp4 Starting each new day by listening to Bach is a great way to become inspired, whether you are a performer, teacher or just someone who loves beautiful music. In this 1981 performance of the Aria from Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, Glenn Gould shares with us the power of playing slowly, and bringing out […]

Tarkovsky, Bach and God in Tarkovsky’s Solaris

Tarkovsky, Bach and God in Tarkovsky’s Solaris

I first heard Bach’s choral prelude Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (“I call to thee, Lord Jesus Christ”) in Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972). It seems to me one of the most beautiful compositions, and Tarkovsky’s scene, in which the piece harmonizes with the camera as it plays over Brueghel’s Hunters in the Snow (1565), […]

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