Tag: 2022-piano-02

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 […]

Emotional Roots

Emotional Roots

Rachmaninoff’s “Elegie” is personally one of the most emotional pieces I have ever played, to the point where I found it incredibly difficult to play unless I was in an overwhelming emotional state. In a way, my active emotions would act as a direct link to my rendition of the piece, allowing for the melodic […]

Castle Exploration with a Hint of Masquerade

Castle Exploration with a Hint of Masquerade

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 10. No. 1, is one of Beethoven’s first period compositions and was composed between 1796-98. It is a precursor to his more famous “Pathetique” Sonata and his Symphony No.5; it is even nicknamed the “little Pathetique” as they share many of the same traits. This sonata, along with the […]

Dr Gradus ad Parnassum

Dr Gradus ad Parnassum

Claude Debussy’s “Dr Gradus ad Parnassum” is a piece that captures the vision of a young student. It combines a flowing and graceful beginning, a quiet and calm middle, and a fast and loud ending. The piece was meant to be a satire of Clementi’s etudes, representing a student who is escaping concentration. This piece […]

Autumn Is Here

Autumn Is Here

I chose “Autumn Is Here” by William Gillock because it’s autumn, and I really like this piece. When you start off this piece, it’s like you’re about to fall off a tree. Like a leaf, you slowly make your way down until you land on the ground where the piece gets very soft and gentle. […]

Raindrop Prelude

Raindrop Prelude

The Raindrop Prelude is one of the most famous of Chopin’s preludes, and for good reason. It tells the story of a rainstorm through stunning musical imagery that allows the listener to feel the storm through the piano. One truly feels like they are in the midst of a storm, from a gentle, delicate rain […]

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