April - Student Page
Links for this issue: Mendelssohn, Legends of the Piano, Chromaticism, English horn

Composition Contest
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March Issue - student page

April Teacher's Guide

Kids' Corner
Past Issues

Felix Mendelssohn

Born: 1809 - Died: 1847

Listen to Mendelssohn's Music

Fingal's Cave or Hebrides Overture:

Songs Without Words:
Played by G. Gould:


Spinning Song:





Spring Song:


Variations Serieuses:

Violin Concerto:

Rondo Capriccioso:


Legends of the Piano

Josef Hofmann - playing Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3


Claudio Arrau - playing Liszt's Les Jeux d'eau a la villa d'Este


Glenn Gould - playing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto


Modern Music

Arvo Part

Steve Reich


Philip Glass

Krzysztof Penderecki

Elliott Carter


John Tavener

Sofia Gubaidulina


Wagner, Tristan und Isolde

Scriabin, Five Preludes Op. 74

Ravel - Daphnes et Chloe (correction - in the magazine, we accidentally said this piece was written by Debussy)

Oliver Messiaen, Oiseaux Exotiques


English Horn

Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique: watch the English horn solo at the beginning:


William Tell Overture - go to 5:20 to hear the English horn and flute play a beautiful calm solo. Then at 7:45 see if you recognize this exciting melody.


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