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!