Notes on Music en "I can't reach the brakes on this piano!" <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">These are some of the amazing statements accumulated by music teachers in Missouri:</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:07:21 +0000 Ray Moore 21567 at "I can't reach the brakes on this piano!" Classical Music and Higher Education <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">A national survey reported in <i>The Classical Music Consumer Segmentation Study 2002</i>, indicates that 40% of adults who have attended graduate school, and 25% with an undergraduate college degree, attended a classical-music concert in the past 12 months.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In contrast, about 8% with only a high-school education attended.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We need to work to improve these statistics!</span></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Ray Moore 21562 at Classical Music and Higher Education Classical Music for Couch Potatoes <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">One doesn’t immediately associate classical-music composers with television theme songs, but it happens!</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Bach’s <i>Brandenburg Concerto #2 </i>is used for <i>Firing Line</i>, Alfred Hitchcock used Charles Gounod’s <i>Funeral March for a Marionette</i> for <i>Alfred Hitchcock Presents</i>, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s <i>Flight of the Bumblebee</i> announced <i>The Green Hornet.</i></span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">You never know...</span></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:43:34 +0000 Ray Moore 21560 at Classical Music for Couch Potatoes John Cage: As Slow As Possible <p class="Body">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Twentieth-century composer John Cage broke many music traditions, not the least of which was to designate his 1987 composition for organ, <i>ASLAP, </i>to be played as slowly as possible, hence the title’s acronym (<b><i>A</i></b><i>s <b>SL</b>ow a<b>S</b> <b>P</b>ossible</i>).</p><p class="Body">&nbsp;</p><p class="Body">A performance of the piece was begun in 2001 in Halberstade, Germany, and is scheduled to last 639 years, ending in 2640!</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:36:48 +0000 Ray Moore 21559 at John Cage: As Slow As Possible Cole Porter: Overcoming Adversity and Making Music <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">While horseback riding in 1937, Cole Porter’s horse fell, throwing him to the ground, and then rolled over his legs, badly crushing them.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The doctors wanted to amputate both but Porter refused to allow the operation.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Although he was left in constant pain for the rest of his life, he continued to give us such wonderful musicals as <i>Kiss Me, Kate</i> and <i>High Society.</i></span></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:30:44 +0000 Ray Moore 21558 at Cole Porter: Overcoming Adversity and Making Music Edward Elgar: Inspired by Nature <p><i><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Dream of Gerontius, </span></i><span style="font-size: 12pt;">composed by Edward Elgar in 1900, is an oratorio which relates the journey of a pious man’s soul from his deathbed to his judgement before God.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">While composing the work, Elgar would often walk from his cottage to a nearby village along a tree-lined lane.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">After one such walk he wrote, “The trees are singing my music.&nbsp; Or have I sung theirs?”</span></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:12:30 +0000 Ray Moore 21554 at Edward Elgar: Inspired by Nature Meddling with Medleys <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In music, a medley consists of a number of different melodies presented one after the other within the same continuous piece of music.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">An example of this is often found in opera overtures, where the composer introduces the various melodies to be heard individually as the opera progresses.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The term comes from Middle English and literally means “to meddle.”</span></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:07:55 +0000 Ray Moore 21553 at Meddling with Medleys Harry S. Truman: "Music" Is His Middle Name? <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">A few composers are usually referred to by one or more of their initials, such as J.S. Bach or his son, C.P.E. Bach. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In these cases, the initials stand for actual names.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Ray Moore 21552 at Harry S. Truman: "Music" Is His Middle Name? Pete Seeger: A Life in Music <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">Pete Seeger was an American folk singer with a string of hit records in the 1950s singing with The Weavers.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">As a songwriter, he penned such songs as </span><i style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">Where Have All the Flowers Gone?</i><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><i style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">If I Had a Hammer.</i></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:52:50 +0000 Ray Moore 21551 at Pete Seeger: A Life in Music Words of Criticism <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Composers are notorious critics of others’ music.</span></p><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Saint-Saëns said of Ravel’s music:&nbsp; “If he had been making shell casings during the war, it might have made for better music.”</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Rossini complained, “Wagner has beautiful moments but awful quarters of an hour.”</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">And Benjamin Britten said of Stravinsky:&nbsp; “I liked the opera very much.&nbsp; Everything but the music.”</span></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:47:59 +0000 Ray Moore 21550 at Words of Criticism