P.I. Tchaikovsky: through thorns to the stars
A very long time ago on the southwestern borders of Russia, in the steppes of Ukraine, there lived a freedom-loving Cossack family with a beautiful surname Chaika. The history of…

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How to learn to improvise on the piano: improvisation techniques
Good mood to you, dear reader. In this short post we will talk about how to learn to improvise: we will discuss some general points and see the basic techniques…

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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…

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He wrote the book

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

Tchaikovsky’s works for children

Petya, Petya, how could you! Exchange jurisprudence for a pipe! – the angry uncle of a negligent nephew, who quit the service of a titular adviser in the Ministry of Justice for the sake of serving Eutherpe, the patroness of music, was chastising with such words. And the name of his nephew was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. And today, when the music of Pyotr Ilyich is known to the whole world, when international competitions are held to them. Tchaikovsky, in which academic musicians from all countries take part, it can be argued that it was not in vain that Petya abandoned jurisprudence. In the work of Pyotr Ilyich there are many serious works that won him worldwide fame, but he also wrote music that was understandable and accessible to children. Tchaikovsky’s works for children are familiar to many from early childhood. Who has not heard the song “The grass is green”? – She was hummed and hummed by many, often without suspecting that the music belongs to Tchaikovsky. Continue reading

YOUNG MOZART AND MUSIC SCHOOL PUPILS: FRIENDSHIP THROUGH THE AGE

Wolfgang Mozart gave us not only his great music, but also opened for us (as Columbus opened the way to America) the path to the heights of musical excellence from unusually early childhood. The world does not yet know another such luminous music, who showed his talent at such an early age. Triumphal Prodigy. The phenomenon of bright children’s talent. Young Wolfgang sends us a signal from his 18th century: “Do not be afraid, my young friends, go ahead. Young years are not a barrier … I know that for sure. We young are capable of many things that adults don’t even know about. ” Mozart openly shares the secret of his phenomenal success: he found three golden keys that could open the way to the temple of Music. These keys are (1) heroic perseverance in achieving the goal, (2) skill and (3) the presence of a good pilot nearby, which will help to enter the world of music. Mozart had such a pilot as his father *, an excellent musician and gifted teacher. About him, the boy respectfully said: “After God, only dad.” Wolfgang was an obedient son. The music teacher and your parents will show you the path to success. Follow their instructions and, perhaps, you will be able to overcome gravity … Young Mozart could not even imagine that after 250 years we, modern boys and girls, will enjoy the wonderful world of animation, explode our imagination in 7D cinemas, immerse ourselves in the world of computer games … Continue reading

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Children's classical music
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