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I like to think of music seasonally, just like food. Sure you can eat a watermelon in January, but will it be good? The sense of waiting and rotating is part of what makes seasonal produce delicious. Music can be the same, which is why I create the monthly playlists. A little infusion of new music each month keeps things fresh and lively. You enjoy it for a time, and then you enjoy moving on.
We are wrapping up the February playlist today, and I wanted to give you links to the pieces I did not have have time to write posts for. The plan is to fill out the rest of the lessons next year and eventually have a full set of lessons for you based on each month’s playlist. I hope it is helpful!
There are three pieces I didn’t get to. Below I am including my original description from the introductory post and a video so you can listen to it if you’d like. Use my favorite classroom activity, Musical Sketching, for simple music lessons.
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini // Sergei Rachmaninoff
February means Valentine’s Day and all things romance. And when I think of a piece of purely romantic sounding music, this is the one that comes to mind. (If you are a child of the ’80s like I am, you might remember a little cheese-fest of a film called Somewhere in Time, starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. It has the best soundtrack ever, and it makes great use of this piece from Sergei Rachmaninoff…himself quite the tragic figure, but we will get to that later in the month.) This piece practically aches with romantic longing. Lush and sweeping. One of my favorites.
(Editor’s note: well, I did not get to Rachmaninoff’s tragic life. I will add that to my list for 2018.)
Go to 20:15 for my favorite (and the most familiar) part:
Pas de Deux from “The Nutcracker” // Peter Tchaikovsky
There is so much great music from The Nutcracker. We won’t have room for all of it in December, so I plucked this romantic piece out for our February list. This is the moment when the Sugar Plum Fairy dances with the Prince. Dreamy.
O Soave Fanciulla // Giacomo Puccini
Tchaikovsky is to Romantic ballet as Puccini is to Romantic Opera. (That’s an analogy I can get behind.) This epic ballad is the love duet between Rodolfo and Mimi in La Bohème (which, incidentally, was the basis for the Broadway musical Rent).
I know opera is not the most accessible thing for kids (or, let’s face it, adults). It helps to not over think it. It was simply the popular entertainment of it’s day. People went to operas the way we go to the movies.
Plus, inaccessibility never stopped my math teacher from making sure I learned trigonometry.
Enjoy this great music and I will see you Tuesday with a new playlist for March! It’s going to be a great month of music!
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