Saturday, October 29, 2016

Exploring our "Natural Legacy" Through Music

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." - Beethoven

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Composers try to capture the sounds of nature through music.  Storms, birds, streams, and more are explored by Beethoven in the masterful "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6.
Preview the music for the Nov. 10 concert at:
Beethoven annotated the beginning of each movement as follows:
  1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside)Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Szene am Bach (Scene by the brook)Andante molto mosso
  3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Merry gathering of country folk): Allegro
  4. Gewitter, Sturm (Thunder. Storm): Allegro
  5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Shepherd's song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm)Allegretto
Many will remember the Disney treatment which was controversial at the time:

Coal Creek by Sara Penny

Vivaldi's Seasons were based on poems and the music evokes harvest festivities and the horses and excitement of a hunt.

Autumn – Concerto in F Major
The peasant celebrates with song and dance the harvest safely gathered in.
The cup of Bacchus flows freely, and many find their relief in deep slumber.

Adagio molto
The singing and the dancing die away
as cooling breezes fan the pleasant air,
inviting all to sleep
without a care.

The hunters emerge at dawn,
ready for the chase,
with horns and dogs and cries.
Their quarry flees while they give chase.
Terrified and wounded, the prey struggles on,
but, harried, dies.

Sonnets for all movements:  

Music preview for Fall:

Complete Seasons starting with Spring:

Cedar Breaks columbines by Sara Penny

A gem of the opera repertoire:

Lakmé, Flower duet (Duetto) by Léo Delibes: duet video features Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca (Lakmé de Delibes)

Opera based in India. Lakme, and her servant, Malika go to the river and gather flowers with prayers for safety for Lakme's father.

Join the Orchestra of Southern Utah on Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Heritage Center for live performance of these classical masterpieces. More info:

Classical Halloween Music Appropriate for Families

Links for music and art projects.

Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz

Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre

Night On Bald Mountain - Fantasia (1941) (Theatrical Cut)

A few more Halloween favorites:
Mussorgsky - Gnomus (Pictures at an Exhibition)

Gayane's Adagio - Khachaturian
(a haunting and beautiful piece)

Aram Khachaturian - Masquerade

Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Pierre Monteux on youtube
Fantasia version from Disney:

Bazzini’s Dance of the Goblins

Friday, October 7, 2016

American Legacy Music: What Makes Music Sound American?

Powerful Horses by Wojtek Kwiatoski
Artist: William Robinson Leigh

Foul Rope by William Leigh 

American music represents all the people who have lived here.  To capture the spirit of the west Aaron Copland used "Hoedown" music for the finale of his famous music for the Rodeo ballet.


Agnes DeMille talks about creating American ballet.  
Jazz became an American art form with the merger of African rhythms and American melodies: Caravan by Duke Ellington adds middle Eastern melodies conjuring a camel caravan across the desert with jazz musical ideas:
Gabriel's Oboe is a particularly lovely piece which was used in the movie "The Mission"
John Philip Sousa wrote many iconic marches and here is the Free Lance March:

Maple Leaf Rag performed on pianola by composer Scott Joplin:

Maple Leaf Rag performed by small ensemble.  Music is transformed by which instruments are playing and a change of tempo and dynamics:
The Orchestra of Southern Utah performs all of these pieces on their opening concert Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  The concert includes performances by the Cedar High Advanced Orchestra and SUU Jazz Band.  More info:

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