From the history of blues: from plantations to the studio
The blues, like everything with stunning success, has been an underground music trend for decades. It is understandable, because the White Society could not accept the music of African-Americans working…

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Alfred Schnittke: let movie music first
Music today penetrates into all spheres of our life. Rather, it can be said that there is no such area wherever the music sounds. Naturally, this fully applies to cinema…

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Extraordinary musical abilities
The presence of musical memory, musical ear, possession of a sense of rhythm, emotional susceptibility to music are called musical abilities. Almost all people to one degree or another have…

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Riddles of musical text and creative guesses of the performer

Throughout the history of performance, some musicians trusted their intuition and creatively beat the composer’s ideas, while other performers carefully followed all the instructions of the author. Undoubtedly, there is only one thing – it is impossible to violate the tradition of literate reading of the author’s musical text. The performer is free to choose timbre delights, slightly adjust the tempo and level of dynamic nuances, maintain an individual carcass, but change and independently set semantic accents in the melody – this is no longer an interpretation, this is co-authorship! The listener gets used to a certain variant of music organization.

Many admirers of the classics specially attend concerts at the Philharmonic to enjoy the beloved beauties of musical works live, and they do not want to hear progressive performing digressions that distort the true meaning of world music masterpieces. Conservatism is an important concept for classics. That’s what it is! In musical performance, two concepts are inextricably coexisting, on which the foundation of the entire performing process is laid: the content is the technical side. In order to guess (play) a piece of music to reveal its true (author’s) meaning, it is necessary that these two points be organically intertwined. Continue reading

Work on the technique of piano playing – at speed

The technique of playing the piano is a combination of skills, abilities and techniques with which an expressive artistic sound is achieved. The virtuoso possession of the instrument is not just technically competent performance of the work, but also the observance of its stylistic features, character, pace. Piano technique is a whole system of techniques, the main components of this system: large equipment (chords, arpeggios, octaves, double notes); small equipment (gamma-like passages, various melisms and rehearsals); polyphonic technique (the ability to play several voices together); articulation technique (correct execution of strokes); pedalization technique (the art of pedaling). Work on the technique of playing music, in addition to traditional speed, endurance and strength, implies purity and expressiveness.

It includes the following steps: Development of the physical capabilities of the fingers. The main task of novice pianists is the liberation of the hands. The brushes should move smoothly and without tension. It is difficult to work out the correct setting of hands on weight, so the first lessons are performed on a plane. Continue reading

Children's classical music
Classical composers devoted many pages of their work to children. These musical works are written taking into account the peculiarities of children's perception, many of them are specially for small…

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How to come up with a band name that will bring success?
The name of the group for many leaves the first impression from the musical collective, which remains forever. A sonorous and easy to remember name will immediately stand out among…

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What are the genres of music?
We immediately warn that it is very difficult to answer the question in one article what genres of music are. So many genres have accumulated in the history of music…

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Alfred Schnittke: let movie music first
Music today penetrates into all spheres of our life. Rather, it can be said that there is no such area wherever the music sounds. Naturally, this fully applies to cinema…

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