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\n Monday February 11, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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La Foila means \u201cmadness.\u201d Jean-Baptiste Lully was the first composer to formalize this style of composition in the mid-Baroque era, and other composers followed with variation symphonies. Even though this is Baroque music, the style is \u2018madness\u2019 compared to traditional compositional methods. The trio in this video are harpsichord, Baroque violin and viola da gamba, […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Wednesday January 23, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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I must not show my tears flowing; I just restrain myself, mourning within my heart. Then my confidence is restored, and I display my brilliant techniques. Soon, though, I hang my head in shyness and want to run away to the back row in my embarrassment. Nevertheless, I guess Schubert\u2019s music has become a comfort […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Tuesday January 22, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Schumann<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Robert Schumann, composer and music critic, wrote as a critic under two pseudonyms: Eusebius and Florestan. Eusebius appears to be sensitive while Florestan is impetuous. In \u201cFantasiest\u00fccke Op. 12,\u201d which consists of eight pieces for piano, Schumann reflects these two personalities, repeatedly contrasting and harmonizing. Think about what someone with both facets would be like […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Monday January 21, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Among Schubert\u2019s compositions is one called \u201cArpeggione Sonata.\u201d Nowadays, musicians play this piece on a cello; however, when the music was originally composed, it was played on the arpeggione, which looks like a cello with six strings. Can you think of any instrument that has six strings? Right, the guitar. Playing the arpeggione is like […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Friday January 18, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Francis Poulenc belonged to Les Six who composed music in the avant-garde and surrealistic style, yet his music is not mysterious or difficult to understand. His melodies are fine and beautiful, light and free. They are attractive because they evoke a few tears. Even though \u201cNocturne\u201d was inspired by night, I usually listen to this […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Thursday January 17, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=4Mb4HbxKNzs%20 “When you see a gentleman dressed up in a suit, don\u2019t you think he\u2019s cool? When you see a lady who is dressed in a suit, in a simple way without too many accessories, don\u2019t you think she\u2019s cool? They seem restrained, but they certainly look tidy and professional. This grace and style we […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Wednesday January 16, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Grieg<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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In classic fairy tales, we are all handsome princes and beautiful princesses. We fall in love and go on adventures just as the stars in movies do. However, we are tricked by magic and forget our noble position. After many years, we follow the sound of music playing and are set free: we once again […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Tuesday January 15, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Softly but clearly\u2026sadly but not enough to bring tears\u2026emotionally yet detachedly\u2026impulsively but not recklessly\u2026inspiring movement but in a subdued way\u2026deeply but not inaccessibly\u2026intensely but calmly like an opera\u2026na\u00efvely but sometimes with the wisdom of an old man\u2026That\u2019s how Mozart\u2019s music should be played.<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Friday January 11, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Saint-Sa\u00ebns<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Once when I was a child, I filled up my mouth with candy and was so happy enjoying the sweetness. Did you ever have this experience when you were young? The music of French composer Saint-Sa\u00ebns evokes this feeling. His music is not too heavy or overwhelming. Rather, it is light and makes us happy. […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Thursday January 10, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Concerto Grosso<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Concerto grosso is a term for a concerto of the Baroque period. This piece contains three soloists: two recorder players and one violinist. You might recognize this music when you listen to it. The recorders sound like angels chattering while the violin plays continuously; these two instruments together make one beautiful melody.<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Wednesday January 9, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Baroque is a style of Western European music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. The word \u201cbaroque\u201d originates from the Portuguese barroco which means \u2018\u201dimperfect pearl.\u201d We can understand why it\u2019s called a pearl because it is beautiful. Then why is it called \u2018imperfect\u2019? Well, this is my thought: Baroque music obviously sounds beautiful, but […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Tuesday January 8, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n \u2018Pifa\u2019 in the middle of Handel\u2019s \u2018Messiah\u2019<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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There\u2019s a piece called \u2018Pifa\u2019 in the middle of Handel\u2019s \u2018Messiah\u2019, which is played only by the orchestra. The \u2018Pifa\u2019, which takes its name from the shepherd-bagpipers, was used as a music title not only by Handel but also by other contemporary composers. It was a kind of convention. Corelli, a composer of the Baroque […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Monday January 7, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Contemporary Baroque<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Once there was a man who asked a composer to compose his music. The man wanted it to be shorter than contemporary music and to sound like baroque music. Although this is a contemporary piece, its length, lightness, and beauty are baroque.<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Friday January 4, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n BACH<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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I want to live in a beautiful and meaningful way, but it\u2019s not as easy to do as it is to say. We end up living an ordinary life without any color, and we regret it. However, Bach says this one thing for us: Even though our life is colorless and ordinary, the living itself […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Thursday January 3, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n MODERN MUSIC<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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You may laugh when you listen to this music, but if you pay more attention to it, you will realize that it\u2019s quite interesting. That\u2019s how attractive modern music is; you keep falling for it again and again<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Wednesday January 2, 2019 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Brahms<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Do you like Brahms? His music is as soft and warm as the sunlight of early autumn, but it is not weak; it possesses an underlying strength because it is not easy to live only with softness and warmth when you\u2019ve missed a woman for a very long time. Do you like Brahms? Yes, I […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Monday December 31, 2018 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Schubert\u2019s \u201cAve Maria\u201d<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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Schubert did not compose Christmas music, but when we listen to one of his pieces, \u201cAve Maria,\u201d it sounds like a Christmas carol. It\u2019s not odd to say that because Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ. It was mostly Liszt who arranged Schubert\u2019s music. Arranging \u201cAve Maria\u201d for piano, Liszt applied his splendid techniques […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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\n Wednesday December 26, 2018 <\/a>\n <\/div>\n
\n Baroque<\/a>\n <\/div>\n
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The baroque concerto is as beautiful as my beloved. When the notes are played rapidly, it is like her, talking without any pauses. When the rhythm slows, she draws out a long conversation with her eyes opened wide as if she is trying to say something serious. When the third movement segues into a fast […]<\/p>\n <\/div>\n\t\t

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