Friday, July 24, 2015

Guest Post by Hannah: Fur Elise by Beethoven

I recently learned another famous piece by Beethoven called Fur Elise. This is not my first time playing a piece by Beethoven; last time I played Sonata Opus No 2 Part 1.

Beethoven wrote Fur Elise on April 27, 1810. however, this piece was only published in 1867, long after he died. No one knows for sure who the song was written for, but historians think that maybe he wrote the song for his friend and student named Therese Malfatti. I think this piece is beautiful because the melody is soft and pretty. It was an easy piece to learn, but it is not always easy to make it sound beautiful.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guest Post Hannah: Mozart Sonatina in C major

A few days ago, my mom recorded me playing Sonatina in C major by Mozart.  All Sonata's have three movements, and the second movement was the longest. It took me about a month to learn the whole piece.  Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salisbury, Austria, and was a very famous Austrian composer. He started composing music at the age of 5. Mozart's father, Leopold, took Mozart on many concert tours. He married in 1782, and had a happy family. This piece was difficult for me to learn because it was fast, and very long. I really like this song because the melody sounds beautiful.

I hope you enjoy listening!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wedding Day at the Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg

I recently recorded a piece called Wedding Day at the Troldhaugen by Grieg. Edvard Grieg was born on June 15,1843 in Bergen, Norway and died in September 4,1907. He composed numerous amount of Norwegian folk music, and  performed these folk songs in front of large audiences on the piano. He composed in the Romantic period, and is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers.  He composed 66 short pieces, published in ten different books, one of them is the Wedding day at the Troldhaugen.

This piece was a very difficult piece as there were many chords that were fast, and there were numerous octaves that were hard to reach. It was also difficult to memorize as only one part repeated itself during the entire piece. Although it was difficult, it was a beautiful piece and I really enjoyed playing it.

I hope you enjoy listening!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bach invention 14

This past month, I have been working on a piece called Invention 14 by Bach. I worked very hard to learn all the right notes, and playing parts loud and quiet. Many of Bach's pieces have two voices/melodies, the right hand has one melody, and the left hand has a different melody. When I play, I am supposed to show both melodies.  Bach wrote these Inventions, as exercises for his students to play. He wrote one invention for all of the scales. These pieces weren't meant to be performed, however they are beautiful, so we decided to record them anyway. 

I hope you enjoy listening!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gymnastics Level 6 State meet

Awards after the competition 
I recently attended a a gymnastics state meet competition in San Diego. In order to compete at States, a gymnasts needs to receive a 32.00 all around score or higher during a previous meet. This was my first year being an optional. An optional gymnast is allowed to choose her own music and choreography for the floor and beam routine. There are four events, floor, beam, vault, bars, and my highest scores were on beam and vault. My scores were 9.550 on beam, 9.20 on bars, 9.275 on floor, and 9.475 on vault. I got 6th place on all around with a score of  37.50.

On vault, the only difficult part is to stick the landing. I stuck my first vault, however took a small step on my second. On floor, the difficult part is also the landing, however you also have to make the tumbling passes powerful. The higher the flips, the more points you receive. On beam, the hardest element for me is the full turn, as I get nervous on that and wobble. I wobbled a little bit on the turn, so I didn't get many points off. Another difficult skill is the back walk over back walk over. To get full credit, you have to stick the landing, and connect both of the back walkovers. The last skill of the routine is the dismount. The dismount is a front pike off the beam, and you have to stick the landing to not get any deductions. Bars is the hardest event for me because it is easy to fall. The hardest part is the cast handstand. It is hard to get the cast exactly at handstand, as you could cast a little to hard and go over, or not cast hard, and not make it to hand stand. I luckily made my cast handstand on both the low bar and the high bar. My dad couldn't video my bars, as it was too far away from where he was sitting, however he got all of my other events. 

Next year, I will be a level 7, and my routines will get even more challenging. I hope you enjoy watching!

In the previous competition, I got first place on floor with a 9.600. Here is the video of the floor routine from that competition.

 Beam and Vault Routine from my state competition

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If so, which one?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guest Post by Hannah and Michael: Piano Performance

In the video below, I played two pieces, one is a Sonata by Beethoven and the second is an Invention by Bach.

Beethoven composed during the Classical and Romantic period. .He was born on December 16,1770 in Germany and was gifted in music as a child. He played both piano and violin which he learned from his father. A few years later he started losing his hearing. And then they noticed he was completely deaf,  but he still was able to compose music. 

 Bach was a German composer and was born in Eisenach, Germany on March 21, 1685. Bach's parents died before Bach was 10. Then he went to live with his older brother. His older brother taught Bach to play the clavichord and harpsichord. He wrote music during the baroque period.  Bach studied music. Bach wrote 30 inventions which are exercises for students. In the video below, I played Invention No 13.  I really like pieces by Bach and Beethoven


I played 2 songs Musette in D Major by Bach and and Etude by Nikolayev. Bach wrote Musette as a gift for his second wife, Anna Magdalena.  In 1722 and 1725, he gave his wife two notebooks, and this piece was part of the second notebook as a gift to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday.

Etude is usually a short piece that is written as an exercise for the piano.This is a fun exercise to help my fingers play faster.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A school trip to Astrocamp

Hiking through the forests
A few weeks ago, I went to Astrocamp located in Idyllwild. We drove for three and a half hours to get to camp, but luckily we were on a comfortable bus meant for driving to faraway places.  We stayed at Astrocamp for three amazing days and experimented with gases, launched rockets, rock climbed, swam, and dropped water balloons from the balcony. Some of my teachers were our counselors, such as Ms. Dickinson, Mrs. Duncan, and Mrs. Bostrom, and they spent a lot of time making sure everyone had an incredible camp experience.

My cabin group
On the afternoon of the first day, we had two evening classes learning about gases and  gravity. During our gasses lab, someone was holding a fire stick and another person was holding two balloons. They lit the fire stick, and touched it to the balloon, and suddenly a loud boom filled the room. Everyone jumped out of there seat, after the explosion. Our gravity lab was done in the pool, where we had to try to build a cube without touching our feet to the ground. This was how astronauts trained before going into space. It was difficult to communicate with students within our group because of a  no talking rule, and therefore we used hand signals and signs to communicate.

Chemistry lab
The next morning, we went rock climbing. We learned about mars, and then had to tell one of the counselors what we learned. After, we were attached to a safety rope, we were allowed to climb. The counselors let us choose a climbing path of easy, medium, or hard. I climbed the hard path three times and made it to the top every time. This was my favorite activity.  After climbing, we went to a room to make our rockets. We brought a two liter empty bottle with us on our trip, and designed the bottles how we wanted our rocket to appear. Then we went to the launch site and launched our rockets. When it was my turn, I filled my bottle with air and water, and then pressed a button to launch it. It soared through the air before it hit the roof and fell. This was my favorite school trip, and I look forward to going to Catalina next year. 

My friend and I taking a selfie

My rocket is the second one on the left.

Getting ready to go swimming

What interesting school trips have you been to?