Issue No. 2
October, 2014
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter

This month we will be celebrating Halloween by listening to some spooky music!  We will explore the ways that composers can get spooky sounds by using unique instruments and playing techniques. Happy Halloween and as always, Happy Listening!   

Music 101
Live Concerts! trick-treat-bucket.jpg
(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!

10/10 (Fri.), 7:30pm or 10/12 (Sun.), 3pm - Handel and Haydn Society Concert (Boston)
This is your chance to hear some baroque classics performed on period instruments with gut strings (see "For Students" below)! This concert will also include a chorus.  Click here for more information. 

*10/18 (Sat.) - Back Bay Chorale Concert, 8pm (Cambridge)
Here is your chance to see Music 101's own Andrew Mattfeld sing some Viennese music with the Back Bay Chorale!  Click here for more information. 

10/18 (Sat) - Lexington Symphony Concert, 8pm (Lexington)
This concert will celebrate the music of England.  It also includes a chorus.  Click here for more information.

*10/23 (Thurs.), 7:30pm (Marblehead) or 10/26 (Sun.), 3pm (Newburyport)- Symphony by the Sea Concert 
Come see Music 101's violinist Jenny Herzig perform with the orchestra!  This "All for Opera" concert will feature the orchestra and some wonderful vocal soloists.  Click here for more information.

11/1 (Sat.) - Melrose Symphony's Halloween Spooktacular Concert, 8pm (Melrose)

Here's your chance to hear some great spooky music right here in Melrose!  For more information, click here.

*11/10 (Mon.) - Zamir Chorale Concert, 7:30pm (Boston)
Our own Andrew Mattfeld is an assistant conductor for this wonderful chorus.  Come see them sing some cabaret-style music!  Click here for more information. 
Listen Online! jack-o-lantern.jpg
(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1 and Listener Worksheet #2)   
You will probably recognize the beginning of this famous piece.  It has been the background music in many spooky movies and television shows.  Watch closely as the organist uses his hands to play many different keyboards and his feet to play another one on the ground!  Can you believe how big the organ is?  What is it about the organ that can make it sound so spooky?
The organ is not the only instrument composers can use to make spooky sounds.  In this famous music from Harry Potter, composer John Williams features a strange-sounding keyboard instrument called the celeste.  You can watch the celeste player at the very beginning of the video.  This video also shows great close-ups of the other instruments helping to make the spooky magical sounds from the movie.  Check out this cool video about the celeste.
This piece is certainly not an average string quartet!  Notice how the musicians use all sorts of objects like drinking glasses and thimbles to create spooky sound effects.  Do you think this piece would make good background music for a scary movie? 

Not all scary music has to be made up of sound effects.  In his singspiel (an opera with spoken words, like a musical) "The Magic Flute", Mozart uses very high notes and difficult runs to show that the evil Queen of the Night is crazy. 
This guitar piece sounds spooky and mysterious.  Watch at the beginning when the guitar player lightly touches the string to get a strange sound called a harmonic.
For Students 
Spooky Music Fact: 

Did you know that strings for instruments like the violin or guitar were traditionally made out of animal intestines?  They are called gut strings.  It might sound a little gross, but back then, it was the best material they had.  To hear some gut strings in action, click here.  These days,
most string instrument players use modern strings made of metal, but players who want a historically accurate sound still use gut strings.  The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, for example, plays baroque music on instruments with gut strings. See the Live Concerts section about attending one of their concerts!  
Faculty Spotlight

Music 101 would like to congratulate our own Hayley Thompson-King; who recently learned that two of her songs will be featured in the upcoming film Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Kristen Wiig and Jeremy Skarsgard!  Congratulations Hayley!!!
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #3)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Armand Coeck

George Crumb

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Williams
Other Links
(Use this section with Listener Worksheet # 4

Celeste (Article)

Celeste (Video)

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 Listener Worksheet #2 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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