Saturday, January 31, 2015

Piano Performance

Over the past few months, I have been learning two piano compositions, one by Gustave Lange called Schelmerei and the other one by Haydn called Sonata in F major.  Gustave Lange is a German composer born in 1830 and died in 1889.  He wrote music during the Romantic period.  The piece I played is called Schelmerei which means playfulness.  This piece is the first of six characteristics of music that he wrote. I especially enjoy playing this piece because it makes me feel happy and upbeat.  All of the sharp major notes really bring the piece to life.

The other piece I played is called Sonata in F Major by Haydn. Joseph Haydn is an Austrian composer who composed in the Classical Period in the mid 1700s.  Haydn composed many wonderful Sonatas and Sonatinas. I have played a few pieces by Haydn over the years and you can listen to it on this link. The Sonata in F Major has both peaceful and rowdy parts in the composition which makes it interesting to listen and play.  I hope you enjoy!

Over the last few months, I played a piece called Clowns by Dmitri Kabalevsky.  Dmitri Kabalevsky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 30, 1904. He is a modern composer but was still able to have successful career.  When he was young, Dmitri's father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become a math mathematician like him.  But eventually he followed his dreams and became an accomplished pianist.  He is most famous for his piano solo pieces "24 little pieces." This piano piece was easy but it took a while to learn by heart.  It was fun to play and had a lot of staccatos. It is a happy, light, and fast piece. 

Do you play an instrument? 
What is your favorite piece to play?

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