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Passion Project: Piano

Alicia Iachetta

on 13 March 2013

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BY: ALICIA IACHETTA Piano History The story of piano begins in Padua, Italy. Ever since prehistoric times, people had a basic knowledge of music. By basic I mean that they knew the vibration of of an object could produce sound. Further into time, people began to build many instruments similar to the piano. In the 14th century, a group of stringed instruments were developed in Europe; and by the 15th century, we were introduced to the spinet, virginal, clavecin, gravicembalo, and the harpsichord. The harpsichord had the biggest impact in leading to the development of the piano. The harpsichord could produce a louder sound than other instruments. This drove musicians to find new ways of expressing themselves through loud (forte) and soft (piano); which drove makers to give the musicians what they wanted. Eventually this lead to the instrument we call today, the piano. The first piano was made in Florence, Italy by Francesco Cristofori and was called the "piano e forte". Referring to the sound it produced. Today, the name has been shortened to piano. Interview 1. What age did you start having an interest in piano? From the time I can remember I was begging my parents for lessons. I don’t remember the age though.

2. What age did you start taking lessons? 8

3. What degrees or diploma's do you have in musical arts? Associate of the Royal Conservatory University Toronto. Piano Teacher diploma.

4. How long did it take to get those degrees? 11 years.

5. What first interested you into playing piano? I really don’t remember.

6. Do you enjoy teaching piano? Yes, very much. I love seeing how the young mind can absorb something and make it come to life.

7. If being a piano teacher didn't work out, what would you have fallen back on? I would be interested in speech therapy, or having my own business of some kind.

8. Who were the people (or person) who inspired you the most? I was inspired by my last piano teacher. She was a concert pianist named Roslyn Frantz. She taught me about true musicality, not just the mechanics of playing the piano.

9. What was the first song you learned to play? (If you remember) C-D-E ha ha. I think my first recital piece was “The Bear Necessities”.

10. What is your favorite piece? I like quite a few Chopin pieces. The Military Polonaise. Several of his nocturnes too.

11. Who is your favorite composer? Definitely Chopin.

12. Do you feel there is anything you have yet to learn as a pianist? Always. We all need to keep upgrading our perspective on music. It keeps things fresh. I like to attend teacher’s workshops when I can to do this. Für Elise My favorite piece is Beethoven's Für Elise. Composed in 1810. He wrote it for a girl, Therese, and the title in Latin means "For Elise". It should have read "Für Therese" but Beethoven didn't have very good handwriting; and wasn't very good with names. Therese, whoever she was, probably wasn't too happy about this. The first time I ever heard this piece was when I was ten years old. I instantly loved it, and I tried to play it on the piano. (that was before I had lessons, so I was horrible) When I did start taking lessons, the first piece I ever learned how to play was a simplified version of Für Elise. Today, I am still practicing in hopes that one day, I will be able to play the original version. Francesco Cristofori Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827 Beethoven is one of many well known composers who had a big impact in classical music. Among him, there is also Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, Haydn, Bach and Tchaikovsky. Beethoven was born in 1770 in Bonn. His childhood consisted of his father trying to make him the next Mozart, who wrote his first symphony at the age of nine. Which, if you ask me, is a little hard to live up to. Personally, I think his father did a great job. Beethoven was one of those romantic types of composers, always composing to get girls. As you can tell, he probably wasn't very good considering he got a girl's name wrong. Beethoven also had a very bad temper, like most composers, and lashed out anytime he didn't get his way. This came back to bite him after, when all the servants he hired quit within the first month. In 1792 Beethoven finally began composing. He composed two of my favorite pieces, Für Elise, and Moonlight Sonata. In total, Beethoven composed nine symphonies, five piano concertos, sixteen string quartets, ten sonatas for violin, five for cello, thirty for piano, two masses, and large amounts of chamber music. Sadly, later in his life Beethoven's hearing began to decrease to the point where he was deaf. Beethoven passed away in 1827 in Vienna. Twenty-thousand people attended his funeral. Book Review The book I read for this project was ``Bach, Beethoven and the Boys`` By: David W. Barber. This book teaches its readers about musical history in a funny and entertaining way. Each chapter lets you look into a different composers life. Showing you the early stages of their life, when they started composing, who they composed for, their family life, etc. Personally, I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. It was funny and kept me intrigued with what I was reading. It was also a great way to learn about the composers I like. For a non-fiction book I thought it was not boring at all and could still keep me entertained the way a fiction book could. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to learn about music history in a funny and fresh way. As the title says, ``Music history as it ought to be taught.`` THANKS FOR WATCHING!!! Moonlight Sonata
Piano sonata no. 14 in C# minor First piano ever made

Person interviewed: Lara Gruenke, Piano teacher. Where I am with piano today Today, I am still practicing piano and continuing to take lessons. In a couple of months I will be starting Royal Conservatory of Music; which is a program piano students of any age can take. The program consists of 12 grades. To move up in grade level I must practice a piece of classical music and perform it for an examiner. I will also have to take written exams about musical theory. Aside from playing and written exams, I can also take part in festivals to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals. The reason I want to go into Royal Conservatory is because I like classical music and learning how to play it; and I think Royal Conservatory will help me learn more about musical history, and theory. Lastly, I like to challenge myself in music by learning new pieces that will help improve sight reading and reading notes, playing, dynamics, and help me learn about different styles of music and composers. New pieces I am hoping to learn are the original version of Für Elise, and Moonlight Sonata. Ludwig van Beethoven
Ferdinando Carulli
Anton Reicha
Johann Wilhelm Wilms
Bernhard Crusell
Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Fernando Sor
Mauro Giuliani
Daniel Auber
John Field
Niccolò Paganini
Louis Spohr
George Pinto
Carl Maria von Weber
Alexander Alyabyev
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Gioachino Rossini
Ignaz Moscheles
Franz Berwald
Gaetano Donizetti
Franz Schubert Composers of the Classical/Romantic Era Transition Songs I have learned to play: Fur Elise - Beethoven
Between The Lines - Sara Bareilles
You and I - Lady Gaga
Back to December - Taylor Swift
Someone Like You - Adele
Stay - Rihanna
Goodbye my Almost Lover - A fine Frenzy
Perfect - Hedley
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