Thursday, June 28, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
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:
Barney (remember him?)
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
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 other musicians and composers, with Maurice Ravel's arrangement being by far the most recorded and performed.
You can download the sheet music at IMSP or I have a copy of the book, as well as simplified sheet music.
The work opens with a brilliant touch – a “promenade” theme (above) that reemerges throughout as a transition amid the changing moods of the various pictures.
The ten pictures Mussorgsky depicts are:
The whole piece for piano. See if you can tell which pictures are which.
Just the Baba Yaga section:
The Emerson, Lake and Palmer version:
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
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 to a tableau depicting episodes from Finnish history.
In order to avoid Russian censorship, Finlandia had to be performed under alternative names at various musical concerts. Titles under which the piece masqueraded were numerous—famous examples include Happy Feelings at the awakening of Finnish
As a hymn, it's called Be Still My Soul.