Episode 11

It’s always good to hear the difference between major and minor and enjoy it–especially in the month of October!

Here’s an episode featuring only MINOR pieces to reinforce the tone and mood.


Music from the Baroque Period (1600-1750)

“Toccatta and Fugue in D minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Organist: Cameron Carpenter

“Rain of Tears” by Antonio Vivaldi

Pianists: Anderson and Row

“Winter” by Antonio Vivaldi

Instrumentalists: Voices of Music

This is “Winter” one of the four violin concertos from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”  A concerto is a piece for orchestra and a solo instrument.


Music from the Classical Period (1750-1825)

“Moonlight Sonata” 1st movement from Sonata No 14 in C#minor by Ludwig von Beethoven

Pianist: Tiffany Poon 

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is one his most-played pieces on the planet.

Arrangement of “Alla Turca”  by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pianist: Yuja Wang


Music from the Romantic Period (1825-1900)

“Nocturne in C# Minor” by Frederic Chopin

Pianist: Arjen Seinen

This excerpt is from the powerful movie called The Pianist about a Jewish pianist and his survival through World War II.

“Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” Op 43

Pianist: Yuja Wang

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 shown below. 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.

“Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky transcribed by Dubov for piano

Pianist: Andrey Dubov

Most may recognize this as an orchestral piece featured in Disney’s Fantasia movie.

“Flight of the Bumble Bee” by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov

Pianists: Sonya Belousova and Arturo Cardelus

The piece was originally composed as part of an opera. Today it is one of the most familiar classical works because of its frequent use in popular culture.


Music From the 20th Century ( 1900-2000)

“Star Wars, Suite for 5 Pianos” by John Williams, arranged by Greg Anderson

Pianists: The Five Browns

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 siblings who grew up together playing the piano and have now made a career of it.

Music from the 21st Century

“Michael Meets Mozart” arr by The Piano Guys

Instrumentalists: Piano Guys

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.

BONUS! Beyond the normal instruments…

Marble Machine

Instrumentalist: Wintergatan

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