Issue No. 5
January, 2015
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter
Happy New Year!  This month we will be exploring classical music from different time periods in history.  You can listen to videos from each time period and learn about the music, composers, and instruments.  Also, check out the "Live Concerts" section for chances to experience classical music first hand; including the Boston Symphony's educational family concert.  2015 seems like a great year to learn more about classical music!  Happy Listening!  

Music 101
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(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1  and Listener Worksheet #2)

* This symbol indicates that a Music 101 faculty member will perform in this concert!

*1/23 (Fri), 8pm (Concord, NH) or 1/24 (Sat.), 8pm (Nashua, NH) - Symphony New Hampshire plays Beethoven
This all-Beethoven program will feature violin soloist Irina Muresanu playing Beethoven's violin concerto as well as some of Beethoven's other symphonic works.  Music 101's Jenny Herzig will perform as part of the orchestra.

1/23 (Fri), 7:30pm and 1/25 (Sun.), 3pm - Handel and Haydn Society (Boston) In this all-Haydn program you can hear the orchestra as well as a violin soloist performing on historically-accurate instruments.  A neat way to explore history and hear some fabulous music!

1/24 (Sat.), 8pm - Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Boston) BMOP is an orchestra devoted solely to performing newer music from the 20th century and beyond.  In this concert, you will hear music by Ligeti and Bartok, two well-known 20th century composers, as well as the world premieres of two brand new pieces!   

*1/27 (Tues.), 8pm Leah Domini Performs (Boston) Don't miss this FREE concert and chance to hear Music 101's Leah Domini perform!  In this all-piano program, NEC students will perform works by Alexander Scriabin.

2/7 (Sat.), 10:15am or 12pm - Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert (Boston) (Instrument demonstrations/ playground from 9-10am) Don't miss the only family concert performed by the BSO this season!  This concert will feature great pieces of music in an educational setting.  Geared for children ages 3-8, but fun and educational for everyone! Also don't miss the instrument playground and demonstrations from 9-10am.  With adult tickets only $20 and kids tickets FREE, this concert is a great opportunity to introduce kids to the symphony orchestra experience.
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(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1 and Listener Worksheet #2)

Baroque Guitar: Gaspar Sanz: "Canarios" (Diogo Rodrigues, baroque guitar)  Baroque composers wrote melodies with a lot of decoration.  In some baroque pieces, more than one melody plays at the same time!  They also wrote dance music, like this piece.  In the past, we learned about baroque instruments like the harpsichord, the organ, and the violin.  The guitar was also an important instrument during the baroque era.  Like the baroque violin, baroque guitars use gut strings and look a little different than modern ones.  Click here to listen to a short radio show about baroque music, composers, and instruments.   

String Quartet: Joseph Haydn "String Quartet in E-flat Major, 'The Joke' " (Ariel Quartet) Classical era music focuses on clear, beautiful melodies and harmonies.  This Haydn quartet, like most classical music, has more than one movement or part.  The performers stop between the movements, but no one claps until the end. This is because all of the little parts (movements) work together to make one complete idea.  Can you count how many movements there are in this piece?*(see answer below)  Haydn is playing a joke on his audience at the end, seeing if he can fool them into clapping too early.  Did he fool you too?    

Voice: Clara Schumann: "Geheimes Flustern hier und dort" (Amaia Azcona, voice and Matthieu Esnult, piano) Romantic music is not always about love, but this type of music does express a lot of emotions!  Romantic music sometimes tells a story.  In this piece, the singer is singing a German poem about walking in the woods and thinking about life.  The fast-moving notes in the piano are supposed to sound like rustling leaves. 

20th Century:  
Prepared Piano: John Cage: "Sonata V from Sonatas and Interludes" (Inara Ferreira, prepared piano) In the 20th century, composers started experimenting with all sorts of ways to create new sounds for their music.  In this piece, John Cage wrote very specific instructions on how to prepare a piano with everyday objects to create new sounds.  Watch this video to find out more about the prepared piano
*IMPORTANT* Please remember that musical instruments are very precious and fragile, and you should never try to alter your instrument yourself.  This could break your instrument and be very expensive to fix.  Please leave it to the professionals! 

*ANSWER: There are 4 movements in the Haydn piece. 
For Students
We hope you had fun learning a little bit about classical music.  To learn even more, check out this awesome kids' website from the New York Philharmonic!  Click on "Composers' Gallery" to learn about composers or "Instrument Storage Room" to learn about the orchestra instruments.  You can also play games, compose your own music, and learn about what was going on in history during the different musical time periods!  Have fun! 
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
How to Earn Listener Points!
You can earn Listener Points by exploring this newsletter, completing worksheets, and redeeming them for great prizes!  Here is how:


1) Download Listener Worksheets from our website or pick up copies at the studio. 


2) Go to a concert!  See our "Live Concerts" section for ideas.  Turn in your program for 10 points.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or
about something you heard for 10 additional points. 


3) Listen online!  Listen to one of the videos in the "Listen Online" section and turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or Listener Worksheet #2 for 10 points.

4) Click on a link in the "Composers & Artists" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #3 for 10 points.

5) Click on a link in the "Other Links" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #4 for 10 points.    

5) Look up any music topic that interests you.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #5 for 10 points. 

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