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Listening for Texture in Classical Music

LISTENING FOR TEXTURE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC: We can learn to be better performers or composers or even become better informed audiences by learning to listen for texture in classical music. Many of us learned the basic descriptions of musical texture,

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Carnival of the Animals – Something for Everyone!

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! What’s your fancy in classical music?   Humorous, tongue-in-cheek parodies?  Lush orchestration?  Fabulous writing for piano?  Gorgeous cello melodies?  Music that appeals to musicians of all ages?   French composer Saint-Saens’s “Carnival of the

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Two Sisters – Nadia and Lili Boulanger

TWO SISTERS – NADIA AND LILI BOULANGER: Their contrasting pictures, their rhythmic names, and their achingly different dates begin to weave a story … Two sisters. One soft and dreamy, poetic and very young. The other, photographed at a much

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Joseph Boulogne, Chavalier de Saint Georges

Joseph Boulogne, Chavalier de Saint Georges   A picture is worth a thousand words, but it would take many more than a thousand words to describe this amazing man: Joseph Boulogne, Chavalier de Saint Georges. The music in the background of

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Living Horizontally: Life Lessons from a Piano Student

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

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Lang Lang – Piano Prodigy

LANG LANG – PIANO PRODIGY This article was originally written by a young Chinese writer,  Sophie Pan, and is used by permission.  On the evening of Oct 2nd,  the 2013 ceremony for the Classic BRIT Awards noted as Oscar in

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Auralia – Ear Training – Guide to exercises

AURALIA – EAR TRAINING – GUIDE TO EXERCISES: Auralia is considered by many educators to be the most comprehensive ear-training software available today. Many thousands of teachers and students use Auralia as a regular part of each music lesson, as

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Petrouchka Chord – Discussion Questions

Petrouchka Chord – Discussion Questions   Today we are going to learn about the “Petrouchka Chord”, created by the great Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. First, listen to Petrouchka and read about this wonderful ballet:Petrouchka – Igor Stravinsky Now, let’s look

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Petrouchka – Igor Stravinsky

Petrouchka – Igor Stravinsky Welcome to the Fair! The Russian Shrovetide fair called Maslenitsa, that is. Our featured listening piece today is Stravinsky’s delightful ballet, Petrouchka. Listeners of all ages and levels of musical experience love the little hero who

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