Music for Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

As time goes by, we find that there is more and more music dedicated to those who lost their lives at war. With it being Remembrance Day today, it seems like as good a time as any to delve into the world of remembrance music.

Remembrance Sunday

LEST WE FORGET

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Remembrance Day – Music to Reflect On

This Remembrance Day we will remember all those who fell for their country and we will remember all the pain and suffering that was caused to millions of souls across the world. Many of us will be wearing a red poppy today. Some of us will be attending memorial services. In our own way, most of us today will spend a moment remembering the fallen.

Remembrance Day

 

LEST WE FORGET

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Benedetti takes the UK by storm

Today seems to be a day for violins in music news. Nicola Benedetti has hit the headlines with news that her UK tour was a sell out.

Nicola Benedetti

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Luke Jerram strikes again!!!

Luke Jerram has struck again! In the recent months Jerram has practically taken over piano news with his street pianos – on this digital piano news blog alone there have been a handful of posts revolving around the Play Me I’m Yours movement. The latest part of this exciting ongoing story is that a flock of fifteen new street pianos have been placed strategically around Canary Wharf in London as part of the (now world famous) project that was originally thought up in a launderette. Jerram and his piano movement Continue reading “Luke Jerram strikes again!!!”

More Monster Pianos!!!

This week in digital piano news is yet another story revolving around a monster piano like the one in the film Big. A music teacher from America has decided that as an effective learning tool, it is a great idea to have a Monster Piano in his front room. Monster piano! Continue reading “More Monster Pianos!!!”

Casio Celviano announce a new piano!

Following the immense success of the Casio PRIVIA range of pianos, Casio have this month announced the launch of a new piano to celebrate their thirty year anniversary of manufacturing pianos. The new piano is an extension of the Celviano range and follows on from models such as the Casio AP-250 Celvanio and the Casio AP-260 Celviano that have proved to be a great success across the years and popular with pianists young and old!!Casio Celviano Continue reading “Casio Celviano announce a new piano!”

Meet Manny Vass – piano sensation!

Meet Manny Vass! In the last week, a number of reviews regarding up and coming pianists have been released. One of the more interesting and eye-catching ones is that of Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Vass, who is new to the spotlight. Manny has been described in recent weeks as one of the most charismatic talents on the classical music scene and he is sure to be a sensation in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Continue reading “Meet Manny Vass – piano sensation!”

Karl Jenkins and his digital piano

In a 2013 interview with Karl Jenkins, he mentioned the fact that he could write his music anywhere as long as he had his digital piano with him. It is really marvellous (and somewhat unexpected) to see the greatest classical composers today using electric pianos as one of their main composition tools.

Jenkins’ Works

Karl Jenkins

Jenkins was brought to public light after the release of his astounding Adiemus compositions, recorded in 1994. He then went on to release a whole range of other immensely successful compositions including his Armed Man (premiered 2000), Stabat Mater (2008), and Palladio (2005). When you listen to Jenkins’ work, a trained ear can detect the composition methods (for example the use of the electronic piano) as they are reflected in numerous aspects of his music. Continue reading “Karl Jenkins and his digital piano”

Barenboim and Dudamel take on Brahms!

Barenboim and Dudamel, the two most prominent men in classical music today, have teamed up for what promises to be something truly extraordinary. They have already recorded Brahms piano concertos one and two for a CD which has now been released on iTunes and Amazon. As a 60th anniversary to Barenboim’s first performance in the Royal Festival Hall, he will return to the Southbank centre along side Dudamel to perform the concertos to the public. Despite not being until January, the concert sold out in minutes and fans are travelling from across the world to see these two inspirational men perform together.  Barenboim and Dudamel

Barenboim and Dudamel come together to create a monumentous occasion

Personally, Barenboim and Dudamel are my biggest musical inspirations. I have had many awe-inspiring musical experiences (spending my 18th birthday with Karl Jenkins is certainly there among the greats), but singing under these men (Mahler 3 for Dudamel, and Beethoven 9 for Barenboim) was just the most incredible experience and I cannot even begin to describe how talented they are, each in their own right. For Barenboim to come together with Dudamel, the creator of the world acclaimed Simon Bolivar orchestra, is an exciting cornerstone in music.

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