April 2017 Piano Explorer

Featured Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff is one of the "giants" of our piano history. A renowned composer, conductor, and performer, Rachmaninoff regularly played the biggest concert halls throughout the first half of the 20th century. His composition style was considered somewhat "old-fashioned" - while he lived recently enough for us to have photographs and even audio recordings of his own performances, his compositional style was more closely aligned with the late 19th-century Romantics like Chopin and Liszt. Much of his music was inspired by stories, poems, and pictures and has the flavor of his native country, Russia.

He also happens to be Ms. Tasha's favorite composer!

Fun fact: his hands could span 1.5 octaves (ex. from C to the next-octave G)!


Week 1

Reading:

  • Piano Explorer p. 2-3
     

Listen:


Week 2

Reading:

  • Piano Explorer p. 4-7


Listen:

  • Piano Concerto #3 Movement I (Recording of Rachmaninoff himself performing!)
  • Music Corner: Solar Eclipse (how does this student make their composition sound "spacey"?)


Week 3

Reading:

  • Piano Explorer p. 12-14

Listen: 


Week 4

Reading:

  • Piano Explorer p. 8-9
     

Listen: