Sunday, June 28, 2020 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
Korobeiniki is a nineteenth-century Russian folk song that tells the story of a meeting between a peddler and a girl, describing their haggling over goods in a veiled metaphor for courtship.
Outside Russia, "Korobeiniki" is widely known as the Tetris theme.
The Red Army Choir:
Korobeiniki/Tetris is available in Piano Maestro on the iPad and I have several levels of sheet music for anyone who is interested.
Saturday, June 27, 2020 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?)
Friday, June 26, 2020 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.
Orchestrated, with the full score:
Just the Baba Yaga section:
The Emerson, Lake and Palmer version: