Episode 11

As it’s always good to hear the difference between major and minor, I created an episode featuring only MINOR pieces to reinforce the tone and mood. The following are MAJOR pieces in MINOR keys…

Music from the Baroque Period (1600-1750)

This is “Winter” one of the four violin concertos from Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”  A concerto is a piece for orchestra and a solo instrument. The Israeli-born Itshak Perlman is one of the most well-known violinists of our time. At age four he contracted polio and often sits at his concerts.

 

Music from the Classical Period (1750-1825)

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is one his most-played pieces on the planet. It is the first movement of his Sonata No 14 in C Sharp Minor.  Tiffany Poon is a young concert artist quickly making her way up the classical pianist ladder.

Music from the Romantic Period (1825-1900)

Paganini was a famous violinist and composer during the Romantic Period who wrote the theme to Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” Op 43, a piano concerto played by Yuga Wang. Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian-born pianist from the early 20th century known for his piano playing and conducting. Yuja Wang  could be considered today’s hottest female “rock star” of the concert pianist scene.

Music From the 20th Century ( 1900-2000)

Here’s an excerpt from an arrangement called “Star Wars, Suite for 5 Pianos” played by  The 5 Browns. John Williams composed the music for the Stars Wars movies. The 5 Browns are a siblings who grew up together playing the piano and have now made a career of it.

Music from the 21st Century

Inspired by Michael Jackson and Mozart this piece was created and played by The Piano Guys. The Piano Guys have become a YouTube sensation who continue to explore ways to electrify audiences with their unique style.

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