December 2012
Teachers' Guide

 

December Student Page
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Mahler, Recommended Recordings:
Bruno Walters Conducts Mahler, Symphonies No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 (Sony 2012)
James Levinne Conducts Mahler: Symphonies No. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 (RCA 2010)
Mahler: The Complete Works (EMI, 2010)
Keeping Score - Mahler: Origins And Legacy/Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony, D.V.D. ((San Francisco Symphony, 2011)

Bruckner, Recommended Recordings
Bruckner: Symphonies No. 4-9/Otto Klemperer (EMI, 2012)
Gunter Wand Conducts Bruckner: Symphonies 1-9 (RCA, 2012)
Bruckner: 10 Symphonies/ Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon, 2011)

Angela Hewitt, Recommended Recordings
Angela Hewitt is a great fan of music by Bach, which makes up a big part of her repertoire. She made some recordings that would be great for intermediate students who might be playing Little Preludes or Two-Part or Three-Part Inventions by Bach. Hewitt recorded all of them on her CD collection titled Bach/Hewitt on the Hyperion label. This 16-disc set includes more advanced works by Bach, such as French Suites, English Suites, Partitas, Toccatas, and the Goldberg Variations. Stheck if your local library has it!

Those students who want to see her play can watch her D.V.D. "Bach Performance on the Piano," also from the Hyperion label. Hewitt talks about performing music by Bach on a modern piano.

Hewitt also recorded several CDs with many of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas, all of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas, Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, as well as works by other composers.

Play For Parties
The following pieces are suggested choices for students to play at a party.

America the Beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3DU2Y1_7tc
When The Saints Go Marching In http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTJbpM0RcqY
Fur Elise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVW8tgGY_w
The Entertainer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WxfjWnuEno
Clair de Lune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ip64cG7gK4
Auld Lang Syne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtTp0XIcFtI


Answers to December Puzzles

What Instrument am I (page 5)
viola, trombone, harp, bassoon

Music History Challenge (page 5): Chopin

Puzzle (page 12): Symphony

Quiz (page 14)
1. b 2. a 3. various answers 4. d 5. a 6. a 7. 3, 4, 5

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