Showing posts with label composer birthdays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label composer birthdays. Show all posts


πŸ“œ Happy Birthday to the Composer of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2!

October 22, 2023 0 Comments

So how can you celebrate Franz Liszt's birthday?

πŸ“œ Listen to Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat major.  

πŸ“œ  Choose a Liszt piece to start learning as a repertoire piece. 

  • Here are my personal suggestions!
    • Consolation No. 1 in E major
    • Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major

πŸ“œ  Watch Victor Borge play Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

πŸ“œ  Watch Bugs Bunny and Tom & Jerry play Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Which one do you think came first? Let's settle this once and for all!

πŸ“œ  Watch Mao Asada skate to Liebestraum No. 3

πŸ“œ  Learn German and French.

πŸ“œ  Compare Paganini's final movement of Violin Concerto No. 3 and Liszt's La Campanella

πŸ“œ  Read books about art and religion. 

πŸ“œ  Read his book, The Life of Chopin. (ebook)

πŸ“œ  Read The Holy Bible.

"I pray to God that He may powerfully illumine your heart through His faith and His love. You may scoff at this feeling as bitterly as you like. I cannot fail to see and desire in it the only salvation. Through Christ alone, through resigned suffering in God, salvation and rescue come to us." -Franz Liszt

πŸ“œ  Read a biography about Franz Liszt. 

What are some of your ideas to celebrate Liszt's birthday? 


P.S. Yes, I did just use a list emoji to symbolize Liszt.


πŸ™️ Happy Birthday to the Composer of Rhapsody in Blue!

September 26, 2023 0 Comments

September 26th is George Gershwin's Birthday! 

So how can you celebrate?

πŸ™️ Watch George Gershwin play his own compositions. Here's I Got Rhythm

πŸ™️ Sight-play his jazz standards like his first hit, Swanee.  

πŸ™️ Choose a Gershwin piece to start learning as a repertoire piece. 

  • Here are my personal suggestions!
    • S'Wonderful (improvisation transcription)
    • Prelude No. 1
    • Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano

πŸ™️ Listen to Rhapsody in Blue.

πŸ™️ Watch Kim Yuna win the Olympics skating to Concerto in F.

πŸ™️ Watch An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly. 

πŸ™️ Visit The Music House Museum in Traverse City, MI to listen to Gershwin playing Rhapsody In Blue on the 1925 Webber Duo-Art reproducing piano.

πŸ™️ Listen to Alan Berg's Lyric Suite

πŸ™️ Learn to improvise jazz. 

πŸ™️ Play tennis.

πŸ™️ Paint a portrait.

πŸ™️ Read a biography about George Gershwin. 

What are some of your own ideas to celebrate Gershwin's birthday?


🌊 Happy Birthday to the composer of "Clair de lune"!

August 22, 2023 0 Comments

August 22nd is Claude Debussy's Birthday! 

So how can you celebrate?

🌊 Listen to Debussy play his own compositions. 

🌊 Listen to my mashup of Clair de Lune and Happy Birthday To You. 

🌊 Sight-play an "easier" piece such as RΓͺverie or Page d'Album. 

🌊 Choose a Debussy piece to start learning as a repertoire piece. 

  • Here are my personal suggestions!
    • Arabesque No. 1 in E Major 
    • RΓͺverie 
    • PrΓ©lude from Suite Bergamasque
    • Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque
    • Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
    • La Fille aux cheveux de Lin 
    • La CathΓ©dral engloutie - I think I will begin learning this one. 

🌊 Listen to La mer.

🌊 Watch Carolina Kostner skate to Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.

🌊 Go for a boat ride. 

🌊 Visit The Art Institute of Chicago to view paintings by Claude Monet. 

🌊 Read poetry by Paul Verlaine and Stéphane Mallarmé.

Clair de Lune by Paul Verlaine

Your soul is like a landscape fantasy,
Where masks and Bergamasks, in charming wise,
Strum lutes and dance, just a bit sad to be
Hidden beneath their fanciful disguise.

Singing in minor mode of life's largesse
And all-victorious love, they yet seem quite
Reluctant to believe their happiness,
And their song mingles with the pale moonlight,

The calm, pale moonlight, whose sad beauty, beaming,
Sets the birds softly dreaming in the trees,
And makes the marbled fountains, gushing, streaming--
Slender jet-fountains--sob their ecstasies.

Apparitions by StΓ©phane MallarmΓ©

The moon grew sad, and weeping seraphim,
Musing among the vaporous flowers aswim,
With slow bows from the sobbing viols drew
White tears that sank in their corΓ³nals blue.
It was the blessΓ©d day of your first kiss.
My reverie, eager with new miseries,
Was all a-swoon with perfume of shy grief
That leaves the heart to gather its own sheaf,
And frets not, nor yet sickens of its prize.
I wandered, and the worn way held my eyes
When in the street I saw your sun-girt hair
And you all smiling in the twilit air.
I took you for that elf who, crowned with beams,
Once passed before me in my childish dreams,
And shed white posies of sweet-smelling flow’rs
Star-like for tiny hands in snowy show’rs.

🌊 Learn musical terms in French.

🌊 Read Edgar Allen Poe, especially The Fall of the House of Usher. Debussy was working on an opera based on this work. 

🌊 Read a biography about Claude Debussy. 

What are some of your own ideas to celebrate Debussy's birthday?