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Music 1A: Music Before Class 5/2

From Trittico Botticelliano, by Resphighi

A Look Into The Orchestra

A close look at members of Symphony Silicon Valley during a rehearsal. Can you identify the instruments?

Symphony Silicon Valley Musicians. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Symphony Silicon Valley Musicians. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

O Superman

More on Laurie Anderson here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/nyregion/laurie-anderson-new-york.html

Now We Know

From the Washington Post, an article about the recent discovery that a composition attributed to Felix Mendelssohn was actually composed by his sister, composer Fanny Mendelssohn.

Written in 1829, the manuscript of “Easter Sonata” was considered “lost” for more than 140 years, until the original turned up in a French book shop bearing the signature “F Mendelssohn.” The collector who bought it concluded the “F” stood for Felix.

It took yet another four decades and a lot of clever musicological sleuthing, but in 2010 a Duke University graduate student revealed what some had suspected all along: “Easter Sonata” was not written by Felix Mendelssohn, but by his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn, herself a musical prodigy.

On Wednesday, in honor of International Women’s Day, “Easter Sonata” was performed under Fanny Mendelssohn’s name for the first time in a public concert hall, bringing Fanny and her widely recognized masterpiece out of her brother’s shadow after 188 years.

West African Drumming Workshop


West African Drumming and Dance Workshop

West African Drumming and Dance Workshop

On Sunday, March 12, at 4:30pm in A31, there will be a West African Drumming and Dance Workshop led by Dr. Royal Hartigan of UMass Dartmouth (and formerly San Jose State). Dr. Hartigan is very passionate and knowledgeable about West African drumming and dance and will demonstrate rhythms on various instruments as well as some dance. The workshop is open to any student who would like to participate or just watch.

Composer Charles Ives — An American Maverick

“Ives is still too much for some listeners, who cannot fathom the mixture of familiar and eccentric, the wild dissonance juxtaposed with simple harmonies, the unique sense of humor. But for me and many others Ives is the greatest American composer and the Fourth the greatest American symphony, maybe the only one that in its depth and breadth belongs on the list of the world’s great symphonies. In all his serious pieces, even the most uproarious, Ives was a religious composer, pointing our gaze upward and inward, but there is nothing narrowly sectarian about him. In his all-embracing way he was looking for the deepest part of our spirit, the part that is beyond nation, race, or sect. In the modern world, alone with ourselves, he is a beacon for that condition. Everybody, Ives said, has to find his own way up the mountain. He is an eternal example of that.”

Read the whole thing here.

De Anza Music Club

Did you know that there is a De Anza Music Club for students? It meets every Tuesday in room A31 at 12:30-1:20. There is a Facebook page: http://bit.ly/damc_fb.

How About A Brass Example?

Wagner’s ‘Tristan Chord’

Yes, Cellos Can Do This.

Did you know that cellos can do this?