Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hannah's School Talent show

A few weeks ago, I had a school talent show and I chose to play Turkish March by W.A. Mozart. Mozart was born in Vienna, Germany. At the age of four, he started taking keyboard lessons, and by the age of five he was already composing short pieces. When Mozart and his sister Nannerl were traveling to preform in concerts, Mozart also learned to play the violin and organ.When Mozart was 8 years old, he published two Sonatas for the harpsichord. Some of Mozart's most famous pieces was Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for string orchestra, which means 'A Little Night Music', and Ah vous dirais-je, Maman for piano solo, which has a total of 12 variations on a french tune. On December 5, 1791, Mozart died at the age of 35 from a high fever, and left behind a collection of 600 compositions.

After the show, our dad surprised us by taking us out for dinner to The Cheesecake Factory! We all had a great dinner and a delicious ice cream sundae for desert.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sarah's Violin Performance

I recently celebrated my 12th birthday, and at my party, I played two pieces on the violin. My first piece was called Theme from Schindler's List by John Williams, an American musician, composer, and conductor. John Williams received his 29th Academy Award nomination for Schindler's List, and he composed many other famous pieces for movies such as Fiddler on the Roof, Star Wars, and E.T. In addition to being a famous violin piece, Schindler's list is also a movie about Oskar Schindler, a famous businessman. In the beginning of World War II, Oscar owned a factory in Poland in which he used the Jewish workers. After seeing what the Nazis did to the Jews, he decides to try and save as many Jews as he can by creating a list of essential workers.  The people put on his list got saved. Today, Oskar Schindler is remembered as a hero who saved over 1100 Jewish lives, and this movie and piece is based on his life story. Schindler's list is a very melancholy piece, and although it captures a heart-breaking event in our history, I really enjoyed learning and playing it.

In addition to playing Schindler's List, my sister, Hannah and I prepared a duet called Canon in D Major by John Pachelbell. This piece is often played at wedding's, or for a special occasions, Although it is a very famous piece, not much is known about it. Historians don't even know the exact date it was composed. They believe it was composed around 1680, and people believe it was written for Bach's brother, Johann Christoph's wedding on October 23, 1694. Pachelbell wrote over 500 classical music pieces during his lifetime, and he composed during the Baroque period. He was an organist, and even taught the man who became Bach's teacher. This piece has a lot of emotion to it, and many challenging parts.  When playing a duet,  both players have to listen to each other. I played two boxes ahead of Hannah, and it was difficult to always stay two boxes ahead, and not play too fast or too sow. In the end, Hannah and I succeeded in working well together, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we do.