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)!
- Piano Explorer p. 2-3
- Piano Concerto #2 Movement I (Recording of Rachmaninoff himself performing!)
- infamous Prelude in C# Minor (again, Rachmaninoff himself playing!)
- Piano Explorer p. 4-7
- Piano Concerto #3 Movement I (Recording of Rachmaninoff himself performing!)
- Music Corner: Solar Eclipse (how does this student make their composition sound "spacey"?)
- Piano Explorer p. 12-14
- Piano Explorer p. 8-9
- Szeged Trombone Choir (listen to whichever of the following "speaks" to your child)
- Orchestra excerpt with prominent trombones: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique: Hungarian March
- Just for fun:
- Star Wars Imperial March (Go Pro footage in orchestra)
- Trombone Flight of the Bumblebee (famous piece all instruments try to play as fast as humanly possible to show off / sound like the "buzzing" of a bumblebee)
- Blast! Officer Krupke ("ridiculous mayhem with band people" including a trombonist on a unicycle)