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This week's featured recording:



Union by Louis Moreau Gottschalk

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War (April 9th) and the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln (April 14th).

On board a steamship bound for California when he heard the news, concert pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk played "Union" for the passengers at a special shipboard service in the president's memory. The virtuoso piece had stirred the feelings of many during the war as Gottschalk concertized sometimes within miles of the advancing confederate troops, affecting his hearers with a powerful combination of "Yankee Doodle," "Hail, Columbia" and the piece that eventually became our national anthem.
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Monday 4/13
You can say that again

four notes hidden throughout and in various ways--but far more sonically pleasing than a word search

Wednesday 4/15

"Scientists discover the nostalgia gene"

It's everywhere in Schumann's Kinderscenen. But how does it affect you?

Friday 4/17
House concert
What I'm up to this evening

upcoming performances....
--The Central Illinois Children's Chorus spring concert, Sunday, May 3, 3:30 pm, Faith UMC, 1719 S. Prospect Rd. admission $5
--concert with "The Chorale"  Sunday May 10, 7 pm. Craig Jessop and Julie Beyler conduct music of John Rutter with chorus and orchestra
   Faith UMC, 1719 Prospect Rd. admission free
--gig with "Timezone" Saturday May 29 at "Cowboy Monkey" in Champaign, time TBA (9pm-ish?)

April 17th house concert

If you weren't at the house concert I gave on April 17th, you can experience it via the web--by listening to recordings of (nearly) every piece on the program and reading about my thoughts on the composers and their music. If you were at said concert, you can experience it all over again, in whole or in part. Enjoy!

                     The program 

Rameau:
    The Simpletons of Sologne
     In Imitation of Birds

Schumann: Scenes from Childhood
Of Strange Lands and People
Curious Story
Blind man's Bluff
Pleading Child
Happy Enough
Important Event
Dreams
By the Fireside
Knight of the Hobbyhorse
Almost too Serious
Frightening
Child Falling Asleep
The Author Speaks


Kotzwara: The Battle of Prague

--pause for food---

Satie: Sports and Recreations
Choral inappetissant
La Belancoire
La Chasse
La Comedie italienne
Le Reveil de la Mariee
Colin-Maillard
La Peche
Le Yachting
Le Bain de mer
Le Carnaval
Le Golf
La Pieuvre
Les Courses
Les Quatre-coins
Le Picque-nique
Le Water-chute
Le Tango perpetuel
Le Traineau
Le Flirt
Le Feu d'artifice
Le Tennis


Joplin: The Crush Collision March
Joplin: The Maple Leaf Rag
"Use Your Imagination"
When is a piece of music not simply a piece of music? Is that healthy? Pieces of music with interesting titles and the reasons (or lack of reasons) behind them.
   
   
 


the "Use Your Imagination" Concert blog series

If you want to find out what on earth I was thinking while preparing the concert...my thoughts on (mostly) the music

 

The Satie
The music around here is clearly going downhill
The thrill of distraction and the agony of the absurd

It's not what it sounds like

The Tasty Science


The Kotzwara
This is how little girls got to play soldiers in the 19th century

Two historical reenactments of Kotzwara's "Battle of Prague"

The Schumann
Scenes or Impressions

You Can Say That Again
Scientists Discover the Nostalgia Gene  

for more punishment here is a short series from 2013 on the first piece in the set.....
  
The Sound of Nostalgia
     The Power of the Obvious
     That doesn't really work, does it? Have you tried...
     The Beauty of interpretation  



The Joplin
Notes on a Very Polite Train Wreck
 (coming next week)

 

At the risk of looking like Amazon, people who liked those articles also liked--well, here is some supplemental material on the composers or pieces from this concert:  


 Respecting Mr. Joplin 



 
Joplin's battle to bring dignity to his person and his art
Erik Satie, the Individual

Topping the Charts 


   
An Uberpopular cell phone ringtone signals the decline of civilization for those who like to lament this sort of thing
 

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