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Composers of Ecuador

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Ma Sicong – Symphony No. 2

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 21, 2017

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Published on May 26, 2012

Symphony No. 2 (1958-59)

I. Allegro agitato –
II. Adagio maestoso –
III. Allegro

The second symphony of Chinese composer and violinist Ma Sicong (1912-1987), whose name is sometimes also rendered as Ma Sitzon. A native of Heifeng in Guangdong province, Ma became one of the first of his compatriots to become a professional violinist when he followed his older brother’s example and traveled to France at the age of eleven to study music at the conservatories of Nancy and Paris. His skill as a violinist and composer of violin music became legendary and he was known in China as the “King of the Violinists”. After the People’s Republic of China was established, Ma became the director of the China Central Conservatory of Music. In 1958, he served on the jury of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (that was Van Cliburn’s annus mirabilis). However, when the Cultural Revolution broke out in 1966, Ma and his colleagues at the conservatory fell into disfavour for teaching and playing Western-style classical music; they were all rounded up and sent to a reeducation camp, and their families were harassed by authorities. In 1967, Ma and his family managed to escape to Hong Kong, after which they settled in the United States permanently. Ma remained in exile for the rest of his life.

Ma’s Second Symphony was composed in 1958-59, and ostensibly, it takes as its subject the struggles of the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army. The composer claimed that there is a connection between his music and the poem “Loushan Pass” by Mao Zedong; however, the music can be also interpreted abstractly rather than programmatically. The vigorous first movement makes use of the Phrygian mode and it is in a fairly traditional sonata form. The second theme is derived from “Tian Xin Shun”, a folk song from north Shaanxi. After reaching a climactic moment of great intensity, the music transitions smoothly into the slow, sombre second movement, which bears some resemblance to a funeral march; it is an expression of mourning for fallen comrades-in-arms. However, the battle theme soon emerges again as the Army returns to the fray. The third and final movement is jubilant and lively, as the Army celebrates its victory. At one point the soldiers begin dancing the yangge, a popular rural folk-dance. In the end, a grand coda introduces a new heroic march theme that brings the work to a close.

Conductor: Cao Peng
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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Art Of Composing – Composer Symposium – Composer Modeling

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 18, 2017

Art of Composing

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Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major ‘The Trout’ Mvt. 4 – SoundCloud — euzicasa — spiritandanimal.wordpress.com

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Coldplay – Everglow

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Music Theory Fundamentals 1: Notation Basics

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 13, 2017

 

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5 Exotic Guitar Scales and How to Use Them Effectively

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 12, 2017

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What Are The Fundamentals of Teaching Elementary Music? – Mr A’s Music Place

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 8, 2017

Originally posted on mr a music place

Whether you will be starting your music teaching career next fall,

are assuming your first ever elementary music position

after previously teaching at another level

or an instrumental program,

or are a seasoned elementary music teacher

who benefits from reminders and

self-challenges (that’s me, by the way),

via What Are The Fundamentals of Teaching Elementary Music? — Music Lessons California

2CELLOS – Game of Thrones

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Latin American Guitar Music

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 5, 2017

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Alberto Ginastera – Suite de Danzas Criollas for Piano, Op. 15

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 4, 2017

Dynamic Markings

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Club Academia

 

Basic Music Terms – Lessons with Cameron

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“What we do as musicians is create a frame around silence” – Art of Quotation

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 4, 2017

“What we do as musicians is create a frame around silence.” — Sting, English, singer, musician, songwriter

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GARY EWER – What a Good Melodic Shape Does For a Song – The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 3, 2017

In music, a melody that exhibits a kind of “arch shape” is a natural one that really works. Sometimes that arch shape — where the melody starts low in pitch, rises in the middle, and then descends again, is really clear and obvious, like the melody for Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”: And sometimes…

via What a Good Melodic Shape Does For a Song — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

What is Voice Leading? – Learn to Compose Music

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 1, 2017

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Art of Composing

 

German Brass goes Bach

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 31, 2017

 

 

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Music for Vibraphone

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 28, 2017

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Instruments of the Orchestra (Britten) Sir Malcolm Sargent LSO

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

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Collective Improvisation in New Orleans Jazz

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 24, 2017

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Jazz at Lincoln Center's JAZZ ACADEMY

 

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