Itzhak Perlman Talks Violin Technique

Itzhak Perlman Talks Violin Technique
Posted by on Jan 8, 2015

Itzhak Perlman Talks Violin Technique is a collection of videos in which he discusses all things related to violin technique. Watch Itzhak Perlman’s Youtube Channel.








Carnegie Hall Master Classes

Carnegie Hall Master Classes
Posted by on Nov 25, 2014

Carnegie Hall Master Classes  offer an opportunity to share in the unique experience of the young professional musicians who participated in the Weill Music Institute’s master classes and workshops.

http://www.carnegiehall.org/DigitalLibrary/Master-Classes-and-Workshops-Resources/








Pianist Jonathan Biss:Beethoven’s Shadow

Pianist Jonathan Biss:Beethoven’s Shadow
Posted by on Oct 11, 2014

Pianist Jonathan Biss: Beethoven’s Shadow. This Kindle Single download takes you behind the scenes of performances of Beethoven’s works.

The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations.

What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording or one of the many films about Beethoven, this Kindle Single is an inspiring reading experience. For those of you who have heard Beethoven in concert or listened to a Beethoven recording, Jonathan Biss takes you behind the scenes of those performances. If your musical interests are much broader than Beethoven or if your interests focus on the creative process , this Single will fully engage you.

“On April 24th, 2007, Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 109 made me lose my mind.”

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They Came To Play

They Came To Play
Posted by on Oct 11, 2014

They Came To Play, a documentary about the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, the process and the winners.

Sometimes, life comes between us and our dreams. And sometimes, we are fortunate enough to be reunited.

Multi-award winning THEY CAME TO PLAY focuses on the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs (hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation), which gathers together 75 of the world s best amateur pianists for one week of intense competition and camaraderie. Candid interviews offer a glimpse into the lives of the competitors, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. All have struggled to balance their music and their ordinary lives some overcoming extraordinary challenges and now, all hope to make years of dedication pay off in the performance of a lifetime.

Overflowing with the talent and enthusiasm of the competitors and with the sound of their spectacular music, THEY CAME TO PLAY reminds us all of the passion that burns within us.

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The Transformative Power of Classical Music

The Transformative Power of Classical Music
Posted by on Oct 10, 2014

 

In the Ted.com lecture “The Transformative Power of Classical Music”, Benjamin Zander helps us all realize our untapped love for classical music. Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

In this moving video, a Ted.com lecture, “The Transformative Power of Classical Music” Zander helps us all realize our untapped love for classical music.








Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song

Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song is a discussion of his famous composition “Dirait-On.” The music of Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and recipient 2007 National Medal of Arts….

Lauridsen uses French poetry as a launching point for “Dirait-on”. Being deeply immersed in the world of art can be a wonderful tool for inspiration in music composition. To see what Gabriel Kahane says about poetry and art click here.

Notice how he has used just one simple chord to create an entire song. This is a good exercise to take one simple idea and try to expand it into a realized composition.