William Tell Overture

​Here is a wonderful recording of one of my guitar students playing her recital piece - William Tell Overture!

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La Villageoise - Rameau

Jean Philippe Rameau was a French composer who wrote music for harpsichord and voice.  This piece comes from his harpsichord works.  The style is termed "Baroque" and is characterized by the ornaments such as trills (the quick notes moving back and forth).  It is a fun song to play and would be a delight to play on a harpsichord as there is a different touch and feel that would complement the piece greatly.

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Invenzione by Vittorio Rieti

​Here is the first part of this composition.  I like the way he is uses accents and the pedal to shape the song.  There is also some hand-crossing and the melody passes between the right and left hand, so balance is very important, too.  These neat details make it so much fun to play!  

Here is his wiki page if you want to know more about the composer Vittorio Rieti.

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Fantastic Dance by Shostakovich

Here is is a song I worked on in my teens.  I never quite got the hang of the intricate fingerings and the big jumps.  Even now it is a challenge for me!  Here is my best attempt.  Or as one of my students put it  -  "with as little mistakes as possible."

 

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Gavotte by Prokofieff - (first section)

Here is the first part of a cute little gavotte by Prokofieff.  Enjoy!

 

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Our Favorite Composers/Books

  • John Williams
    John Williams has been composing music for movies for such a long time! Many of the students enjoy playing the music from "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," two of his most loved musical scores.
  • Frederic Chopin
    Chopin is Elizabeth's favorite composer for the piano. In fact, he composed ONLY for the piano. It is no wonder many of her more advanced students enjoy playing his music also!
  • Melody Bober
    Melody Bober is such a popular composer with our students! We think it is because she is from Minnesota. So she knows what Minnesotans like in their music!
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