Tuesday, November 9, 2010

WHAT WE DID TODAY #1-47: TUESDAY; NOVEMBER 9, 2010

GENERAL MUSIC PERIODS 2,3,6 
COMPOSER: PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: 
Nutcracker Suite: Trepek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmQjhwsPRDE


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Terms: 
What is a SUITE
In the late 19th century, the word "suite" was used by composers who had written operas or ballets with lots of popular dance movements as a format where an orchestral arrangement of these movements, in shortened versions, were created to be played at concerts.Tchaikovsky wrote the "Nutcracker Suite" which includes the most popular dances from his ballet "The Nutcracker."

Trepak: 
Sometimes referred to as The Russian Dance, it is the official National Folk Dance of Russia. This dance comes from the Ukraine and was originally performed by the Cossacks, soldiers who were expert cavalrymen. The Trepak, performed by men only, is a brisk dance that is done in 2/4 time with the danced steps starting at a slow tempo that is increased throughout the performance. Dancers begin the dance in a line, standing side by side with their arms crossed over their chests. The dancers crouch into a love squatting position. Next, they begin a series of kicks, extending first one leg and then the other straight out in front their body while remaining in the squat position. The kicks are performed to the beat of the music and speed up as the music's tempo increases. As the dancers perform these kicks they may move into a circle that rotates counterclockwise of they may stay in a line, but move to the sides to put more distance between each dancer. To perform the next move, the dancers lunge into a squat position and spring as high into the air as possible. While in the air the dancers perform a split and extend their legs as far on each side as possible, before bringing their legs back together and landing in the squatting position.

The story:
ETA Hoffmann writer of the story


OBJECTIVE: Musical performance
QUOTE AUTHOR:
Irving Berlin

.....a. famous for:
"God Bless America"             
                                                                         Irving Berlin on the Ed Sullivan television show
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Solfege MI-DO-RE/check quotes

MINI-KEYBOARD RECITAL IS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9, 10.
Recital 

DECEMBER 9th is the holiday concert for chorus, band, and strings. Recorder students are invited to play their instruments ("recorder carolling") as the pre-concert activity outside of the gym. This is not mandatory; just a fun way to celebrate the holidays through music. We will play the holiday music learned in class. All students need to bring is their recorder; music and accompaniments will be already set-up. More details to follow as I get them.


BEGINNING VIOLIN PERIOD 5/ADVANCED VIOLIN PERIOD 4: 

OBJECTIVE: PREPARATION FOR HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE ON DECEMBER 9th
1. TUNE

2. Worked on holiday songs to learn the music without the teacher helping with tracking
3. Use of music stands/partners in preparation for the concert

Songs we are working on for the concert so far are:
Coventry Carol
Greensleeves
Jingle Bell Rock
Hava Nagila
Good King Wenceslas
Rudolph for period 4 only

Holiday Concert : Thursday, December 9th
12 rehearsal days left until the concert