Category: Piano

Developing Love for Contemporary Music

Developing Love for Contemporary Music

Throughout my years as a composer, I have traveled a path from disliking most contemporary music, to seeing the unique and infinitely expressive beauty that can be achieved without the bounds of tonality. The Danzas Argentinas are a set of three dances composed by Alberto Ginastera in the 20th century, and the first musical work […]

Melancholy

Melancholy

Elegie, written by Cecile Chaminade, is a very beautiful but sad piece. In music, an elegie is a sad and miserable song. Elegie reminds me of a gloomy but peaceful lake on a cold cloudy winter day. While I was practicing this piece, some challenges I faced were the two note slurs and the dynamics. […]

A Majestic Waltz

A Majestic Waltz

The character of Brahms’s Waltz No.4 reminds me of something grand and spectacular. It is majestic and reminds me of looking into a huge ornately decorated room, with large open spaces for sound to echo off of. The dynamics on the two note slurs make it feel like you’re looking around and realizing how much […]

Folk Song (No. 12 from First Term at the Piano, SZ 53)

Folk Song (No. 12 from First Term at the Piano, SZ 53)

My performance piece is “Folk Song” by Bela Bartok. The picture I chose represents the feeling of this piece.  When I play this piece, it’s like I am dancing with the music. How this piece goes from very soft and suddenly loud  makes it seem like I am dancing with big bright colors!

Of Foreign Lands and People

Of Foreign Lands and People

Of Foreign Lands and People comes from a collection of Schumann’s works aptly named “Scenes from Childhood.” This simple piece does evoke images of nostalgia and childhood wonder. It reminds the listener of a simpler time, when everything seemed very foreign and exciting. To a child, something new is something exciting, and often sparks further wonder […]

Allegro Burlesco

Allegro Burlesco

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 […]

Sounds of Thunderstorms and Rain

Sounds of Thunderstorms and Rain

I decided to play a song called “Aretta’s Rhumba “by Eric Baumgartner, and I really enjoyed learning and playing this piece. This song, most likely due to the heavy sounds it created, reminded me of rain/thunderstorms. More specifically, it would remind me of staying inside and relaxing while it was raining/thundering outside, which is something […]

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