The PIÙ PIANO piece of the week!

 PIÙ PIANO MUSIC ACADEMY

Più is an Italian music term that means more. And that is exactly what we mean by Più Piano: not only piano but musicianship.

Every Wednesday we suggest a piece to listen during the week. Not only piano pieces but also chamber music, songs, orchestral music and more. A new piece to enhance our aural skills and music history knowledge.

Più Piano Music Academy students and guests are welcome to comment.


Wednesday 18th October 2017

Follow this little robot in its journey inside “The Hall of the Mountain King”!

This piece is part of the first suite of Peer Gynt, by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Grieg worked along with Henrik Ibsen with the idea to write the music for a play based in a Norwegian fairy tale. The task was so difficult that Grieg finally reduced the music into two suites of four movements each. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” is an iconic music that shows Peer Gynt while chased by the trolls of the cave. The music increases its dynamic and speed up in his frenetic escape.
The author of this video has not followed the Peer Gynt’s plot, but it is closed to what we call “musicogram”, a visual material that represents the score without notes but drawings.
Enjoy!


Wednesday 11th October 2017

As one of my students is playing an arrangement of the wonderful main theme of the famous Largo of this great symphony, I have decided to share it with all of you. The “New World Symphony” by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was written when Dvořák moved to the EEUU and it is influenced by the Native American Music. The English Horn is the instrument that Dvořák choses for the mention main theme, one of the greatest solos for that instrument in the orchestra literature. The other three movements of the symphony are equally beautiful and famous so I recommend to listen to the whole composition as well.


Wednesday 4th October 2017

Ready for a bit of musical humour?

Then listen to this amazing duo of young boys singing the “Duetto buffo di due gatti” (“Humorous cat duet”). This music is wrongly attributed to Rossini, but the truth is that it there is not certainty of who was the composer. I can’t believe they manage to keep singing without bursting into laughter!


Wednesday 27th September 2017

This week I propose one of the most beautiful symphonic movements of all times, the 3rd movement of the 3rd Symphony by Johannes Brahms. The romantic melody of just five notes: C, D, Eb, G, F, D, in the pathetic tonality of “c minor”, is presented in different instruments of the orchestra, celli, 1st violins, woodwinds, horn… Try to spot it out!

 


Wednesday 20th September 2017

Again, still in shock after another deadly earthquake in Mexico and the hurricanes Irma and Maria that have struck the Caribe region recently, I believe it is time to listen to one of the most famous piano and orchestra pieces by Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer that lived in the 19th Century. Liszt was a genius pianist, known for his virtuoso performances and composer of piano pieces that led the instrument to another sphere. Obsessed with the medieval melody “Dies Irae” (that many other composers have used too) he wrote this Totentanz or “Dance of Death” based on the mentioned Dorian plainchant:

And here is the Totentanz with score, played by Enrico Pace:

 


Wednesday 13th September 2017

After the horrible earthquake that has struck Mexico this week I bring today one of the most famous orchestral works by Arturo Márquez, 66 years old Mexican composer. Under the super talented baton of Gustavo Dudamel at the Proms 2007, this music is full of energetic rhythms that follow up an introductory suggestive melody. Enjoy!


Wednesday 6th September 2017

This week we propose this lovely Sonata for Clarinet in Bb and Piano by the french composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Although written well into the 20th century (1921), it has a Romantic flavour. Through its four movements there are evocative melodies and virtuoso passages.

 


 

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