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Francis Poulenc – Piano Concerto FP. 146

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

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This was the last of Poulenc’s five concertos. While in the first fifteen years of his career Poulenc had made a reputation as a light-hearted composer, personal crises in the late 1930s awakened a dormant religious sensibility. Thereafter, including the war years, he had written music of considerably more seriousness of purpose, but even in them retained his lightness of touch and his ability to charm. After the war ended, restoring communication between Paris and America, the Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned this piano concerto from Poulenc. It was premiered by that orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch on January 6, 1950, with the composer as soloist.

Now Poulenc returned, for this composition, to his earlier breezy style. The composition is in three movements, each smaller than the previous one; their lengths are about ten, five and a half, and four minutes. The piano is not treated as an individual protagonist against the orchestra, but as a part of the entire ensemble.

The concerto opens with the piano playing one of Poulenc’s rhythmic ideas of faux gruffness, which is countered by a lovely tune on English horn. Reminiscent of various Rachmaninoff themes, the movement meanders here and there, never quite making up its mind; there are subdued hints of the approaching Poulenc opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites.”

The slow second movement is tender, with a sense of some sadness, using a string melody introduced with softly marching rhythms in the horns. The movement then acquires a certain airy repose after the start.

The finale is called Rondeau à la française and is in a very fast tempo. In one of the final episodes, a tune appears which has been traced back to A la claire fontaine, an old sea chanty dating back to the time of Lafayette. Its first few notes are the same as that of Foster’s song “Old Folks at Home” (or “Swanee River”), which some French commentators have mid-identified as a “Negro spiritual.” Poulenc blends it, surprisingly, with a Brazilian maxixe rhythm.

The concerto was not particularly well received, though; and was noted that there was “more sympathy than real enthusiasm,” which the composer attributed to the notion that the audience had listened to too much Sibelius. One critic wrote in Le Figaro: “Certainly it isn’t a concerto at all but a little picture of manners, done up by a minor master.” But Poulenc wrote: “I lead an austere existence in this very Puritan town.”

(AllMusic, Wikipedia)

Please take note that the audio AND the sheet music ARE NOT mine. Change the quality to a minimum of 480p if the video is blurry.

Original audio: classical-music-online.net
Original sheet music: imslp.org

 

Vreny Van Elslande – Soloing using rhythmic and melodic curve repetition

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 30, 2017

 

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Simply Piano – by Classical Music Thought Bubbles – 7-29-17

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 30, 2017

The Romantic Era is a time when the larger forms become more mammoth than ever, and the miniature forms become more intimate than ever. In solo piano, we find both extremes, made possible through the sheer imagination, genius, and artistic brain powers of individuals, as well as the emerging technology of the modern piano and […]

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Chris Harrington – 12 Bar Blues improvisation

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

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Chris Harrington 

 

5 Reasons To Include a Bridge In a Song’s Design

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 25, 2017

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Check out Gary Ewer’s Songwriting eBooks: http://www.secretsofsongwriting.com/p… Not every song uses a bridge section, but how do you know if your song would benefit. In this video, Gary goes through five situations songwriters encounter that can be solved by adding a bridge after the second chorus.

 

 

 

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Song of the New Earth by Tom Kenyon and the Power of Sound (Movie) – 7-22-17

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 22, 2017

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Full Video: Art for Life’s Sake: In Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 20, 2017

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The Aspen Institute 

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Streamed live on Jun 27, 2013

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, 2013 Harman-Eisner artist in residence, discusses his far-reaching vision for how artists can practice their citizenship, as individuals and through institutions—and how the arts fulfill a fundamental human need by forging and strengthening community.

Interviewer: Damian Woetzel, Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program

Session produced by the Aspen Institute Arts Program, under the direction of Damian Woetzel. For more information about the Aspen Institute Arts Program, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/artsprogram

Arvo Part – Bamboo Dream (Cloud Gate Dance Theatre) – 2002

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 19, 2017

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Hymn to the Sun with the Beat of the Mother Earth – Satoshi Yagisawa – 7-18-17

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

 

 

THE PIANO GUYS – Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis

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MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS – MTT- Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4, 4th mvmt

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 15, 2017

 

 

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The Self-Compassionate Pianist

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 15, 2017

The life of the pianist is, by necessity, solitary

(and I have written before about The Pianist’s Loneliness).

For many of us, the solitude is not an issue:

we crave a sense of apartness to enable us

to do our work and to create special connections

with audiences when we perform,

and we need quietude/

via The Self-Compassionate Pianist — The Cross-Eyed Pianist

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Composition – Composing from a Chord Scheme (Lesson 4)

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

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Music Matters 

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Published on Jan 27, 2016

In this video we take a look at how we can take a simple chord scheme and compose a variety of melodies in different styles to give you an idea of some compositional techniques.

● Download more videos here: http://www.mmcourses.co.uk/composition

● About this series:
This package aims to help you acquire and develop your compositional technique, from starting with basic ideas and moving into more advanced writing. Area’s covered include melody writing, how to work with chords, setting words to music, dealing with texture, structure, how to write a song, and a host of other issues. This series, presented to you by ABRSM Examiner Gareth Green, will guide you through each area step by step in a clear and informative manor, lesson by lesson.

● If you are interested in downloading the rest of this series then please visit:
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● For more videos, courses and information please visit our website:
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Grade 3 Theory – Simple & Compound Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 10, 2017

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Eastman Jazz Ensemble 2015

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

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Eastman Percussion Ensemble: Fandango 13

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 7, 2017

 

 

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What is Voice Leading? – Learn to Compose Music

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 6, 2017

Art of Composing 

 

Using Portfolios to Improve Music Instruction — mr a music place – 7-5-17

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 6, 2017

Portfolios in education are collections

of student work and of documents related to

those pieces of student work.

They make possible the documentation

of student activity and learning,

the reflecting upon work even days or weeks

after it is completed,

and the charting of progress over time

as work collected at various moments is compared …

via Using Portfolios to Improve Music Instruction — mr a music place

HAPPY 4TH – J.P. SOUSA – The Stars and Stripes Forever

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

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