Playing an instrument enhances your cognitive abilities. I just wonder if they’ll find a way to motivate people to practice.
Filed under: Education, Music Tagged: Music, Playing an Instrument, TED talk
The Collected works of Simon and Garfunkel was my very first CD purchase. Let me assure you that all three of those disks saw a great deal of rotation back in the day (1987ish onward). The third disc was my favourite back then, as it was the most ‘modern’ of the trio and “Cecilia” was track number 3 and also one of my favourites.
I like what these intrepid soundcampers brought to the table with some coffee cups, rich harmonies and of course beans to shake all about.
One of the problems they had is that many (Read more…)
I spent the past couple of weeks diligently working on updating and expanding our Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group (CPLUG) songbook. I’m happy to announce it is completed – and that I can get back to my regular blogging. I had put together two smaller songbooks previously for group use, as well as sent along several […]
There is so much anger and frustration over the racism that seethes in the United States. Flash points like Ferguson, Missouri are about communities rising up in the face of injustice and demanding a better place to live in. Their stories, their feelings, the keen edge of their Weltschmerz is evident in this song.
Music can be revolutionary, let us hope that we can work toward their vision – toward a just society for everyone.
Filed under: Music, Politics Tagged: “Glory”, Common, ferguson, John Legend, Michael Brown, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
Nine Inch Nails has some great songs, this happens to be one of them. I swam through google and found some sheet music that seems to be pretty close to what Reznor sings and plays.
The music isn’t to difficult and that is saying quite a bit considering my skill at playing the piano. However, this song is syncopated all to hell and sprinkled with dissonances that you have to sing like you mean it.
For instance, the piano accompaniment (B minor in my score) starts with an F# and the vocals start with an F natural. (Read more…)
Although the circumstances behind Bach’s composition of three Sonatas for harpsichord and viola da gamba (BWV 1027-29) are unknown, recent research indicates that they were most likely written in the early 1740’s, when the greatest virtuosos of the viola da gamba were long a thing of the past. No original source combines all three sonatas into a cycle, but a single score of the Sonata in G Major (BWV 1027) that details performance instructions for ornamentation and articulation supports the idea that Bach wrote the sonatas for Carl Friedrich Abel, the son of Cöthen colleague Christian Ferdinand Abel, for performance during (Read more…)
Concerto III in D major, BWV 1054 Allegro Adagio e piano sempre Allegro
Scoring: harpsichord solo, violin I/II, viola, continuo (cello, violone)
Length: c. 17 minutes
The surviving violin concerto in E major, BWV 1042 was the model for this work, which was transposed down a tone to allow the top note e”’ to be reached as d”’, the common top limit on harpsichords of the time. The transcription process was based on the same principles as BWV 1053.
Filed under: Music Tagged: Bach, Concerto No.3 – D Major, Harpsichord, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude
Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!
On Dec. 9th, 1965 – 49 years ago – nearly half of the US population tuned in to A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz, an animated broadcast that featured the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.
Prior to its debut, producers were worried it was too religious, and the soundtrack was too jazz cutting edge for children’s programming. Were they ever wrong! 15 million homes had eyes glued to that broadcast, and it has since become an iconic Christmas classic.
Jerry Granelli, a drummer and a long time native of Halifax, NS is the only (Read more…)
I’m not really sure what CBC music was going for here (I suspect Christmas “cheer” was involved), but it does reek of Canadiana. Slightly painful, but given all the holiday music that we are subjected to, this isn’t all that bad.
Filed under: Music Tagged: 12 Ehs of Christmas, Canadian Content, CBC Music, Cringe Worthy in a good way.
Greetings loyal readers. This is the time and space where I get to curate a musical experience for you (who knew “curate” had become a verb). So, as an atheist finding good tunes during this particular time of year can be challenging; but not impossible. So today I present to you two works, one choral and one piano choral piece. Both are fine works, but I think you’ll find “White Wine In the Sun” Both humourous and touching at the same time.
But first, a choral work with the libretto taken from the collected works of (Read more…)
Lately, I’ve been redoing all the arrangements of songs I put together for the Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group (CPLUG) this year, as well as arranging some new pieces for the group. I’m working on a new layout for the tunes that makes them easier for beginners to follow and makes the songbook somewhat easier […]
Terrible news for the music world this week, and for the world of unabashed, unrepentant, hard partying rock-and-roll.
I have loved Bobby Keys for as long as I’ve known of his existence, which is to say a very long time. If you read Life, Keith Richards’ memoirs, you know a few good Bobby Keys stories. And if you love the music of the Rolling Stones’ best years, you’ve been loving Bobby Keys, too.
Keith and Bobby shared a birthday, and much of their lives. The death of Bobby Keys hits Stones’ fans with a special kind of force.
Bobby (Read more…)
This CD does not leave my player until late January. I highly recommend acquiring a copy of this wonderful disk. I’ll share some of my favorite tracks here.
1. J.S. Bach: “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, BWV 62 – 1. Chorus “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (Choir)
2. Praetorius: Puer natus in Bethlehem – Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem
Filed under: Music Tagged: Baroque Christmas, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
This is the sorta thing CBC should be doing much much more of. Interesting features that entertain and educate people about the music we love.
Filed under: Music Tagged: CBC Music, Do-Re-Mi, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, Ut-Re-mi
Leave it to the Piano Guys to concoct something as neat as this.
Filed under: Music Tagged: Beethoven, Piano Guys, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
This disk has not left rotation in my CD player for week month long stretches.
One hour and twenty minutes of bliss. Enjoy.
Filed under: Music Tagged: Back, Baroque, The Art Of Fugue, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
This week, Columbia Records released The Basement Tapes Complete, six CDs of music made by Bob Dylan and The Band at the house they lived in – the legendary Big Pink – in West Saugerties, New York, during the summer of 1967.
Although The Band, and Bob Dylan, and Bob Dylan and The Band, are among my favourite musical artists in the world – and although I love The Basement Tapes (a double-album from 1975) – I greet this announcement with only mild interest. I’ll be excited to hear any actual new material, but different versions of already-recorded songs (Read more…)
Wow, just wow. Impressive keyboarding skills. 5 tiers of keys, your instrument is the damn hall… no pressure at all. And I still get timid while playing the piano..:/
Masterful work by Sara Svendsen. Enjoy!
Filed under: Music Tagged: Johann Sebastion Bach, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
A wonderful medley featuring the main title theme and a theme called “The Children” from the fourth season of the show.
Filed under: Music Tagged: Game of Thrones, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
David Suzuki came to town last night with musical and other intelligent guests on the stage. They gathered a crowd in the Centre of the Arts to show public support for a constitutional amendment, giving air and water protections like 110 other countries have already done.
The method set forth is to get City (and town) Councils to pass these rights, then provinces, and overwhelm the federal government with requests until every democratic party supports the movement.
Royal Wood, musicians from Blue Rodeo, economist and Regina musician Brett Dolter, Severn Suzuki among others.
Part of the presentation made note of (Read more…)
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Featuring the Cape Town Youth Choir
Filed under: Music Tagged: Choral Music, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
One of our authors in residence just happens to by a huge bat-fan. So, a big hat tip to the Piano Guys for making Mystro’s day.
Filed under: Music Tagged: Batman Evolution, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, The Piano Guys
Filed under: Music Tagged: Bach, Reconstructed Concertos
Rich Terfry explores some similar sounding tunes in this clip.
Filed under: Music Tagged: CBC Music, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
The original orchestral suite was generally believed to have been written by Bach for his patron Prince Leopold of Anhalt some time between the years 1717 and 1723. However, the oldest surviving score is later, dating from Bach’s time in Leipzig. Current thinking is that the suite may well have been written in that city for performance by the collegium musicum.
The title comes from violinist August Wilhelmj’s late 19th century arrangement of the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major and transposing the melody down (Read more…)
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