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.

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