The Most Magnificent Sound

For our semi-monthly performance classes this past year, before jumping into everyone’s performances we spent the first 10-15 minutes of class getting acquainted with the instruments of the orchestra. From the evocative and magical Syrinx by Debussy, to the virtuosic Flight of the Bumblebee played on everything from flute to violin to (against all odds) […]

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John Williams and Mars

Did you know that selections from Gustav Holst’s The Planets were used as temp score for Star Wars? Before that classic space opera was finished, before John Williams had written any music for the movie, the editors used parts of The Planets (as well as some other music by other composers) to get a feel for […]

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Water, water everywhere!

Image credit Our first piece for this week: Ravel’s Une Barque sur L’Ocean. In this video, for every new moment in the music, the picture of the boat changes to match the feeling. My favorite painting is the ship in the storm at about 1:50… those sailors are doing their utmost to make it through the […]

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A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. -Leopold Stowkowski  

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