Today’s piece is the other one of two pieces that are so often played incorrectly that they have the distinction of being banned from competition in Northern Virginia Piano Teacher competitions. The first was Fur Elise. This one is Spinning Song by Albert Ellmenreich. It’s in many, many piano method books. When I was in […]
Today’s piece is Antonin Dvořák’s Humoresque #7. Humoresques Op. 101 (B. 187), is a piano cycle by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, written during the summer of 1894. One writer says “the seventh Humoresque is probably the most famous small piano work ever written after Beethoven’s Für Elise. Yo Yo Ma (cello) and Itzhak […]
Today’s assignment is a little different but it shows how determination, hard work, practice and believing in yourself can take you a long way. Inverary and District Pipe Band didn’t sound so great when they started out but… Adapted from https://idpb.co.uk/history/ In September 2003, the Inveraray Piping Project was born. With the assistance of local […]
Today’s listening assignment is a piece from the Piano Pronto book “Prelude” known as On the Bridge of Avignon. The Bridge of Avignon or Pont d’Avignon in French, is a famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon, in southern France. How to do the dance: Orchestra: Barney (remember […]
Today’s is a cheat post, partly because I ran out of time. I’ve watched this video several times in the past few days. It’s a great overview of the Beatles music. And, yes, I have books of their music arranged for piano, if you want to play anything.
Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces (plus a recurring, varied Promenade) composed for the piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. The suite is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It has become further known through various orchestrations and arrangements produced by […]
Today we listen to the third movement Mozart’s Piano Sonata No.11 III (Turkish March) with just a bit of the first movement near the end. The Turkish influence on western music came through the Turkish military band music (Mehter), which was at the time was the only military band in Europe. It was once popular […]
“Into The Unknown” from ‘Frozen 2’ Available in 3 versions, keep your students playing all summer long! All songs can be found in the “Summer Camp” category in the Library. Will it be your student that wins an Amazon gift card for being the top player of the week?
Finlandia, Op. 26, is a tone poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It was written in 1899 and revised in 1900. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, and was the last of seven pieces performed as an accompaniment […]
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525, is a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means “a little serenade”, though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as “a little night music.” The work is written for an ensemble of […]