Monday, October 8, 2007

Grand Piano 005 - Music for Students

Sometimes composers' easy music for students represents some of their best efforts. This program is made up of music that may be easy to play but obviously wasn't easy to write, played by first-class pianists.

JS Bach - 2 Part Inventions (3/4/5) - Glenn Gould
D. Shostakovich - 3 Fantastic Dances - Dmitri Shostakovich (1956 broadcast)
F. Mendelssohn - 6 Children's Pieces, Op. 72 - Daniel Barenboim
B. Bartok - For Children (Volume 1) - Lili Kraus
S. Prokofiev - 6 pieces from "Children's Music" - Igor Zhukov

Why would a great pianist perform music written for beginners? Because sometimes it's some of the composer's best music. In this program, five major pianists (including a major composer-pianist, Shostakovich) play music that was written for students, but despite the technical simplicity of the works their musical content is still first-rate.

Download The Grand Piano Podcast 005 - "Music for Students" here (128 kbps mp3 , 49.2 Mb, 53 min 44 sec)

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2 comments:

Interman said...

Thanks for all these episodes. You're awesome!

WholeLottaSinger said...

Absolutely outstanding! I have a 2 year old that I hope will love the piano as much as do (though I do not play.) I was listening to the show daydreaming he'll be playing those songs in the future. I've sent the link to my father (who does play the piano for a living.) Thank you for sharing such wonderful work!