Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - Origins


"It’s like men and women talking. You can tell which is the man and which is the woman. That is because of timbre. But more than that. Just like you can tell one man from another and one woman from another, you can tell one cello from another and one cellist from another. Timbre makes the difference."
(page 75, Kindle Edition)

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

World Piano News - It’s All About the Instrument




World Piano News delivers the latest news and information relating to the piano - the instrument that is - in a crisp and entertaining fashion.

You won’t find reviews of so-and-so’s new cd release, or lessons on improving your improv skills.

You will, however, find stories about new pianos on the market, interesting instruments coming up for auction, explainers covering various piano technologies, exhibitions, pianos of the rich and famous, pianos in art… there’s always something new to report - and WPN delivers a handful of great stories each and every a week.

In the past month we’ve:
- looked at Steinway’s, new art-case piano
- reported on the hoard of 913 gold coins found in a 1906 piano
- discussed Yamaha’s new SX series of grand pianos
- seen the return of an historic grand to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion after 170 years
- featured the latest yacht pianos
- examined a new piano player
- detailed events at the All About Piano! exhibition including a lecture on the “prepared piano”
… and much, much more.

Take a look today. www.worldpianonews.com

guest post by David Crombie from www.worldpianonews.com

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - The Next Chapter


"Rhythm springs from the body and melody from the voice. But harmony, he taught me, springs from the mind."
(page 52, Kindle Edition)

"Several studies show that musicians tend to remain sharper in old age than those who do not have music in their lives. Those with musical training outperformed non-musicians in both visual and verbal memory tasks. It wasn’t only in aural memory that they exceeded the others; it was also in remembering what they read and saw as well." (page 52, Kindle Edition)

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Infographic: 10 Best Fitness Exercises & Stretches for Musicians


One important aspect of learning a new instrument that many students often overlook is keeping your body in good shape. Fortunately there are a few simple exercises that are especially beneficial for musicians, including posture work and arm strengthening. Check them out in the infographic below!

For more information on any of these exercises, visit the TakeLessons blog here.



guest post by TakeLessons.com

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - The Cello


"Among the first to write music for cello was the Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi of Venice (1678–1741), who is probably most famous for his work The Four Seasons, still a concert staple of the string orchestra. While he composed hundreds of works for the violin, he also wrote twenty-seven pieces that highlighted the beauty of the cello. He wrote these in particular for the young ladies of the Ospedale della Pietà, the convent, orphanage, and music school where Vivaldi, a Catholic priest, taught."
(page 35, Kindle Edition)

Here's some more information on the Ospedale della Pietà.
- Vivaldi and the Ospedale della Pieta
- Orphans and Musicians in Venice
- Ospedale della Pieta
- The Four Seasons: Vivaldi and the Pieta

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