July 9 ~ Daily Listening Assignment
Monday, July 9, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
Today's Listening Assignment is Country Gardens by Percy Grainger.
"Country Gardens" is an English folk tune collected by Cecil Sharp from the playing of William Kimber and arranged for piano in 1918 by Percy Grainger.
The tune and the Grainger arrangement for piano and orchestra is a favorite with school orchestras, and other performances of the work include morris dancing.
A piano version:
Piano duet (four-hands)
From the Muppets
And, how a Morris Dance is done:
Find Country Gardens on IMSLP, Piano Maestro (under the method book section) and Piano Pronto: Movement 2
July 8 ~ Daily Listening Assignment
Sunday, July 8, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
July 7 ~ Daily Listening Assignment
Saturday, July 7, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
Today, we'll listen to the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, of Ludwig van Beethoven. It was written between 1804–1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies. As is typical of symphonies in the classical period, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is in four movements.
I'm sure you've heard the first 8 notes before...
Since it was written for orchestra, each instrument has its own line:
A piano version, transcribed by Liszt
From Disney's Fantasia 2000:
Pink learns to play the
and interrupts a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with the Pink Panther theme played on various instruments.
Arrangements of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony can be found in Piano Maestro and lots of books including Piano Pronto's Movement 2, Movement 5 (Victory Theme) and Beethoven: Exploring His Life and Music.