Listening - JUNE 2018 - Classical 3

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us to develop our understanding.

During June 2018 we will be returning to Classical music. This covers, roughly, the period from 1750 to 1820.

This month our first piece is by C.P.E. Bach - one of J.S. Bach's sons and a composer who was instrumental in moving music from the Baroque to the Classical style. Our second piece is the first movement of one of Beethoven's sonatas.

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Classical period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

October 2015 - Classical

Dec 16 Listening - 1750 to 1800

Jan 17 Listening - 1800 to 1825

 

To accompany this listening you can either fill in the online form (scroll down) or printed listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

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Listening - MAY 2018 - Baroque 3

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us to develop our understanding.

During May 2018 we will be returning to Baroque music. This covers, roughly, the period from 1600 to 1750.

This month we have a beautiful piece by Couperin and a wonderful movement from Handel's Organ Concerto in F major, Opus 4. The Couperin piece is one of his keyboard pieces. This was NOT written for the piano (as it had not been invented at that time). But in this recording, we hear Alexandre Tharaud performing it on a piano. Here is a very interesting article, in which Angela Hewitt discusses performing Couperin on the piano (and not on a harpsichord).

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Baroque period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

SEP 15 LISTENING - BAROQUE

SEP 16 - LISTENING - 1600 to 1650

OCT 16 - LISTENING - 1650 to 1700

NOV 16 - LISTENING - 1700 to 1750

To accompany this listening you can either fill in the online form (scroll down) or printed listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com

 
 

Listening - APRIL 2018 - Modern 2

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us to develop our understanding.

During April 2018 we will be focussing on Modern music. The way that I have set it, this is a dangerously broad category, covering everything after Romantic until today! But I'm going to roll with it...

This month we have the first movement from Judith Weir's Piano Trio followed by a piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage. These are two British, living composers which I think is very exciting. Their music is very different to that which we find in earlier periods. Sometimes people find it hard to make sense of it. If this applies to you, my advice to you is to DANCE to the music. Your body will probably understand a lot more than your brain realises!

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the broadly Modern period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

DEC 17 - LISTENING - MODERN

MAY 17 LISTENING - 1925 to 1950

APR 17 LISTENING - 1900 to 1925

DEC 15 LISTENING - MODERN

To accompany this listening you can either fill in the online form (scroll down) or printed listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

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Listening - MARCH 2018 - Romantic 2

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us to develop our understanding.

During March 2018 we will be focussing on Romantic music. This month we have Robert Schumann - performed by Martha Argerich. Something slightly strange appears to have happened in the transfer from Spotify to this website as another track, by Clara Schumann seems to be listed, but only the Robert Schumann track will play. 

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Romantic period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

Nov 15 Listening - Romantic

Feb 17 - Listening - 1825 to 1850

Mar 17 - Listening - 1850 to 1900

To accompany this listening you can either fill in the online form (scroll down) or printed listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com

 
 

Listening - FEBRUARY 2018 - Classical 2

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us develop our understanding.

During February 2018 we will be focussing on Classical music. This month we have some of the earlier Classical heavyweights - Mozart and Haydn.

We begin with Mozart's Fantasia in D Minor. A fantasia is a piece written in an improvisatory style. Classical period musicians were skilled improvisers and there are many tales of musicians hearing a newly composed piece by a rival and then stepping up to immediately perform an improvisation on this newly heard piece. What incredible aural and creative skills! Mozart composed across so many different forms, from opera, to masses, to concertos, to solo sonatas, to chamber works, to symphonies... Nonetheless, this is one of my favourite Mozart pieces and I hope you enjoy it too. In case you would like to follow the score with the music, or play it for yourself, here is a link to it.

Our second February 2018 piece is from Haydn. Haydn was a key figure in the transition from Baroque to Classical style. He was born in the Baroque era and was still alive when Beethoven was composing. There are tales that Haydn taught Beethoven. Indeed Beethoven's first piano sonata (Opus 2, No. 1) is dedicated to Haydn. It is not clear, however, exactly how much Haydn really taught Beethoven or if he taught him at all beyond perhaps meeting him and perhaps providing some advice. It certainly seems that they did not end their days on good terms with each other. Here is a link to this piece for score reading or playing.

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Classical period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

October 2015 - Classical

Dec 16 Listening - 1750 to 1800

Jan 17 Listening - 1800 to 1825

To accompany this listening you can either fill in the online form (scroll down) or printed listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com

 
 

Listening - JANUARY 2018 - Baroque 2

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us develop our understanding.

We are back in the Baroque era for January 2018. What a contrast! 

I'm excited to share with you a song by Barbara Strozzi - and sung by Simone Kermes. There are very few female composers in the Classical music canon and Barbara Strozzi managed to leave her mark. You can read more about her, and other female composers in Sounds and Sweet Airs by Anna Beer

Our second piece in the January 2018 playlist is a Trio Sonata by Vivaldi - he of the Four Seasons fame. But his music and influence extends much further than just that suite. A Trio Sonata is a sonata for three parts, but, confusingly, often for four players. The parts were usually two solo instruments, such as two violins and a basso continuo part. This third part was often realised by two instruments, such as a harpsichord and a cello. Hence the four players. If you are particularly interested in how the music is built up from the separate instruments you can find the score for this music here.

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Baroque period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

September 2015 - Baroque

September 2016 - Listening - 1600 to 1650

October 2016 - Listening - 1650 to 1700

November 2016 - Listening - 1700 to 1750

 

To accompany this listening you will have listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com

 
 

Listening - DECEMBER 2017 - Modern 1

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us develop our understanding.

In December 2017 we are listening to music from the twentieth century onwards. There are many different movements from this time and I am roughly grouping them all together!

The first piece is from Stravinsky's The Firebird. For some, Stravinsky was the greatest composer of the twentieth century! He instigated a number of radical artistic transformations and his music can be grouped into three main periods: Russian, neo-Classical and serial (or 12-tone). The Firebird is part of his earlier, Russian output, inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration. Later pieces from his Russian period, such as The Rite of Spring went beyond tonality and could not be written in a constant time signature and, so the story, goes, the premier of which ended in a riot!

The second piece is by another Russian composer, this one still living, Sofia Gubaidulina. Her music mixes unusual textures and instruments in techniques from microtones to mathematically generated rhythmic structures. This movement from Gubaidulina's Piano Quintet features Louise Bessette on the piano. 

For more on female composers you might like to read Sounds and Sweet Airs by Anna Beer

For more on modern music, you might enjoy reading The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross.

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the twentieth century and from female composers (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

Dec 15 Listening - Modern

MAR 16 LISTENING - FEMALE COMPOSERS

APR 17 LISTENING - 1900 to 1925

MAY 17 LISTENING - 1925 to 1950

JUN 17 LISTENING - 1950 to 2000

To accompany this listening you will have listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com

 
 

Listening - NOVEMBER 2017 - Romantic 1

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us develop our understanding.

In November 2017 we are listening to music from the Romantic era. This lasted from roughly 1810 to 1920. The first piece is one of the 24 songs in Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise" which depicts a traveller journeying physically and psychologically through bleak, melancholic landscapes. Schubert is one of the great song writers and even his instrumental music is incredibly lyrical and melodic. The second piece is by Fanny Mendelssohn and is one of her attractive Character Pieces. Fanny was a gifted pianist and composer but, thanks to societal restrictions, was never able to fully realise her skills in this area. For more on female composers you might like to read Sounds and Sweet Airs by Anna Beer

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Romantic period and from female composers (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

Nov 15 Listening - Romantic

MAR 16 LISTENING - FEMALE COMPOSERS

FEB 17 LISTENING - 1825 to 1850

MAR 17 LISTENING - 1850 to 1900

To accompany this listening you will have listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com

 
 

Listening - OCTOBER 2017 - Classical 1

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To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us develop our understanding.

In October 2017 we are listening to music from the Classical era. This lasted from roughly 1750 to 1820. I've picked one of Haydn's "English" Sonatas. This is one of over 50 sonatas, written by Haydn and is notable for some of the first notated pedal effects, whilst the breadth of the adagio movement was made possible only by the Broadwood piano which Haydn used whilst in England. The second piece is another sonata, this time one of Clementi's Piano Sonatas. Clementi was one of the first piano virtuosos, a child prodigy "bought" from his father at the age of 13! Clementi wrote 64 piano sonatas and initiated the 3-movement, rather than 2-movement form.

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Classical period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

Oct 15 Listening - Classical

Dec 16 - Listening - 1750 to 1800

Jan 17 - Listening - 1800 to 1825

To accompany this listening you will have listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com

 
 

Listening - SEPTEMBER 2017 - Baroque 1

The playlist is available on Spotify. You can sign up here for a free account (a paid account is not required).

To help us interpret and perform music as beautifully and convincingly as possible, it is important to have a good understanding of the different styles of music from different periods. Listening to lots of examples will help us develop our understanding.

In September 2017 we are listening to music from the Baroque era. This lasted from roughly 1600 to 1750. I've picked one of Monteverdi's Vespers (which were performed at The Proms this year, click here to find out more) and one of Rameau's Pieces de Clavecin.

Don't forget these previous playlists which also feature music from the Baroque period (click on each title to follow the link to the playlist):

September 2015 - Baroque

September 2016 - Listening - 1600 to 1650

October 2016 - Listening - 1650 to 1700

November 2016 - Listening - 1700 to 1750

To accompany this listening you will have listening worksheets (copies here: Beginner Worksheet or Intermediate / Advanced Worksheet).

You will also have a Listening Journey to explore for each piece (a copy can be found here).

 

Any problems or questions PLEASE do text / call on 07834 195 545 or email me: worthingpianolessons@gmail.com