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Archive for September, 2014

First Pieces – Burgmueller

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Friedrich Burgmueller (1806-1874) was a Paris based musician in the mid nineteenth century where he enjoyed a considerable reputation as a pianist, composer and piano teacher. He composed a large number of interesting, short pieces. The ones in Opus 100 have titles, this is better than simply Opus and No to title the piece. The descriptive titles help the players understand the intent of the piece.

We have chosen the following as a good introduction to his work. Simply click on the title and you can hear the sample played.

Til next time,

Karen

Jammin’ the Blues

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Sorry for the two week absence, but we lost internet service for 10 days and are just now back up and running.

We had a welcome visitor, James Sibley IV, from Howard’s past.  James was a student from age 11 through high school, then went on to college and started his own band.  He is now back in Denver and dropped by for a visit.  Of course, he and Howard had to do a little jammin’ on two pianos.  So, here’s a quick look:

http://youtu.be/NawU8tkfp8Y

Til next time,

Karen

Soup Group

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

We have an amazing group of piano players who all want to get better at performing in front of other people. So a few years ago, Howard and I started what we call Soup Group. We meet on the first Sunday of each month at our house. Everyone plans to play 3 pieces. We take turns – each person plays their first piece and then we have soup. I make a HUGE pot of soup. Today it was Fresh Corn Chowder. Then we each play our second piece and have dessert (brought by our guests). Today’s desserts were lemon meringue pie and apple pie and a large fresh fruit plate. Then we play the third round and everyone goes home.

What is amazing to me is how much better everyone has gotten by committing to playing for each other most months. The variety of pieces is wonderful and we sometimes get so inspired by listening to what others are playing that we end up working on music we may not have even known existed. It’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Everyone is so supportive of everyone else and their playing – it feels safe to tackle whatever you want for this group. We are very fortunate to now have such good friends who started simply as students. They have become part of our lives and we are enriched by it.

Til next time,

Karen