New World Symphony

As promised, another song from “The Big Book of Classical Music.” The “New World” that Antonin Dvorak references in the title is actually America. He wrote this symphony in 1892 in New York City. In the background you can almost hear a New World Tympany. The whole story (or at least one version) can be…

Blast from the Past

Here is a song you’re sure to rememberIt came out sometime in late SeptemberWay back in Nineteen Sixty-FiveI heard it was a great year, were you alive? The Beatles were everywhere, they could do no wrongNo matter the music, whatever the songThey changed music forever, you know the restAnd I think I like this song…

Roll Over Beethoven

If you so chooseYou got nothing to loseYou already have the blues. Am I right? This is what is known as a repetitive melody (I’ll say!). The last note of each 5-note phrase is a minor 7th from the root of the chord, that is what gives it that sound. And that concludes today’s lesson….

The Week of Classics Continues

This will be the third Tchaikovsky song I have worked on this week. They just keep getting better and better if you ask me. Am I right? Come on, back me up. I present to you Romeo and Juliet. It is exactly 120 beats per minute which works out to two beats per second. If…

It’s Tchaikovsky All Week

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Hello Again

I’m back with more of the classics you have been waiting to hear. Did you know that in addition to being an amazing composer, Felix Mendelssohn was also a painter? I did not know that. A couple of his paintings appear below, along with three of his Number One hits. Wedding March: A Midsummer Night’s…

Fingal’s Cave

Here is another song about a place I didn’t know existed. Felix Mendelssohn wrote a song about Fingal’s Cave in Scotland in 1829. I have added a few sound effects so you can really get the feeling of what it must be like to be there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingal%27s_Cave Another Mendelssohn song used at the beginning of…

From Me to You

Some more music to help you through your day: Finished at 9:26 pm on a Thursday Night: