February - Student Page

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2016 Piano Explorer Composition Contest?
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100-day Challenge
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Students who have completed the 100-day practice chart

January Issue
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February Teachers Guide
Kids' Corner
Past Issues


Composer of the Month

Frederic Chopin



Chopin wrote a great deal of beautiful piano music. Listen to these compositions he wrote. Use some of the listening ideas on page 5 while you do.

Chopin Polonaise in G Minor - his first piece, written when he was 7 years old.



Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2 (Arthur Rubinstein)


Chopin admired the music of Bach. Inspired by Bach's collection of Preludes and Fugues in each key, called The Well Tempered Clavier, Chopin wrote his own series of Preludes in each key, 12 major and 12 minor.

Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4

Listen to the long notes of the right hand melody held above changing left hand chords.



Prelude in B minor, Op. 28, No. 6

Here the melody is in the left hand and uses arpeggios while the right hand plays gentle chords in eighth notes.


Prelude in A major, Op. 28, No. 7

This prelude is short and uses a repeated dotted rhythm pattern. The melody stands above the chords.



Prelude in Db major, Op. 28, No. 15

Nicknamed "Raindrop" this prelude has a beautiful right-hand melody with pulsating left hand accompaniment. The middle section gets gloomier and more intense, and the first melody returns at the end.

The Oboe

Oboes (and English horn ) of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain play the opening to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.



Peter and the Wolf - oboe solo -at 1 minute mark. Listen to the sounds of the other members of the woodwind section (and the brass sound of the horn). How are they similar and how are they different from each other?


Some information about the oboe from Timothy Rundle of the London Philharmonia Orchestra:





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