All Listening Pages (12)

* Fireworks (Feux d'artifice) by Stravinsky

Fireworks and Musical Sources   "Feux d'artifice" is a French term that literally means "artificial fire" or "fireworks".  In 1908 the young composer Igor Stravinsky wrote a short piece for… View »

* Petrouchka - Igor Stravinsky

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* Listening with the breath

Listening with the breath When we speak, we breathe: My name is Julie. (long, contemplative breath) I love sunsets. (long breath, followed by a quick in-breath) In fact, I love sunsets so much (very… View »

* Listening Practice

Creative listening is a learned skill, and should be practiced in the same way musicians practice an instrument.  In this article we will listen to one piece ... ----------The complete article i… View »

* Rite of Spring Premiere

Rite of Spring Premiere On a warm spring night in Paris, on the 29th of May, 1913, musical history was made.  The great impresario Sergei Diaghilev, head of the Ballets Russes (Russian Ballet),… View »

* Listening for Texture

Listening for Texture Many of us learned the basic descriptions of musical texture: monophony, homophony, and polyphony - and perhaps even a fourth texture, found primarily in non-Western cultures su… View »

* Listening for Shape

Listening for Shape All pieces of music have a shape, and this shape informs the listening experience.  We sometimes use the word "shape" when describing the form of a piece, but at the most ele… View »

* The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, premiered in May of 1913 in Paris, created a riot and ushered in a new musical language.  As a major turning point in 20th century classical music… View »

* The Carnival of the Animals - Camille Saint-Saens

The Carnival of the Animals What's your fancy in classical music?   Humorous, tongue-in-cheek parodies?  Lush orchestration?  Fabulous writing for piano?  Gorgeous cello melo… View »

* Peter and the Wolf - Sergei Prokofiev

Peter and the Wolf Peter and the Wolf never fails to delight us! We may be five years old, acting out each character and giggling through growls.  Perhaps we're ten and just beginning to compose… View »

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