Vol. 2 Issue No. 7
March, 2016
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter
This month, we are celebrating the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in March of 1685. Although Bach lived long ago during the Baroque period, his music is considered among the greatest ever written, and is still widely recognized and performed today.  Bach wrote so much music that is difficult to summarize his accomplishments in one short newsletter, but we will touch on a few key facts. Hopefully this brief glimpse will inspire you to learn more on your own.  Be sure to click on the link in the Composers & Artists section for a more complete picture of Bach's life and music.  Happy Birthday, Bach and Happy Listening!        
Music 101
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3/13 (Sun.), 4:45 P.M. -Group Performance Class Hear faculty member Brian Church perform original songs and covers while accompanying himself on guitar. Then play a piece of your own! Only two classes left this spring. Don't miss your chance to learn and make some friends!
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3/5 (Sat.), 8 P.M. -Melrose Symphony (Melrose) Hear Beethoven's famous Symphony No. 5 and some soloists from the Boston Symphony live!  Don't miss this chance to hear quality music right in our neighborhood.
3/12 (Sat.), 7:30 P.M. - Polymnia Choral Society (Melrose) Hear our local chorus perform "The Life and Times of Anne Frank" and James Whitbourn's "Annelies" with a soprano soloist.  Another way to support great music right here in Melrose!
3/20 (Sun.), 3 P.M. - Beethoven Society (Melrose) Hear a FREE concert and support a great cause!  Admission is free but donations at the door support the Beethoven Society's music scholarship fund for local students.  The concert is at Melrose Highlands Congregational Church (355 Franklin St.). 
*4/2 (Sat.), 8 P.M. (Lexington) or 4/3 (Sun.), 3 P.M. (Nashua, NH) - Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire play Wagner! See Music 101 faculty violinist Jenny Herzig perform with the orchestra!  Two local symphonies combine forces with a number of vocal soloists to perform parts of Wagner's massive opera cycle  The Ring.  A rare opportunity to hear this many musicians at once and enjoy Wagner's famous music. 
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J.S. Bach "Prelude in C Minor for Lute" (David Tayler, archlute) Bach lived and wrote his music hundreds of years ago during the Baroque era (1600-1750).  At that time, the instruments were a little different than they are today. Modern guitars had not been invented yet, but Bach wrote music for the lute, which was similar.  Just like baroque violins, lutes at the time used strings made out of animal intestines!  This might seem disgusting, but as you can hear, these types of strings make beautiful mellow sounds. 

J.S. Bach "Andante from Sonata No. 2" (Angelo Xiang Yu, violin) Here is some of Bach's music played on a modern violin.  You might notice that it sounds like there is more than one violin playing.  That's because Bach wanted it to sound that way!  This piece is from a special collection of Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin that use double stops. This means more than one note is played at the same time. Here we have a melody with accompaniment all on one violin.

J.S. Bach "Partita in C Minor" (Martha Argerich, piano) Unlike violinists, pianists often play melodies and accompaniments at the same time.  However, here the pianists plays multiple melodies at the same time, yet they somehow work together.  This kind of music is called counterpoint, and Bach was a master at writing it.  Listen carefully to see if you can hear more than one melody as she plays. 

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J.S. Bach "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" from Contata BWV 147 (Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir) You might have heard this very famous piece before.  It is part of a Cantata, a longer work for singers with instrumental accompaniment.  Like many of Bach's cantatas, this was written for a church service.  Bach spent many years as the director of music at St. Thomas Church and School in Leipzig, Germany.  This was a huge job and he often wrote brand new music for church services every Sunday! To learn more about Bach's life and different jobs, click here.   
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
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Other Links
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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 ListenerWorksheet #2 for 10 points.

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

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

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