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Schumann, Robert

#clarinet #Musician #Schumann

During Schumann’s lifetime, much political upheaval was experienced in his hometown of Dresden. In early 1849, fighting had begun.  

Cleartune

#app #iTunes #tuner #tuning

A great tuner app available for iPhone  

Evolution of the Clarinet 1600-1800

#basset-horn #chalumeau #clarinet

It is a wonder how the early clarinet, known as the chalumeau, survived to become the instrument we all know today.  

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)

Born in the Netherlands, Vincent van Gogh tried many occupations before he decided to become an artist at the age of 27. He worked in several family-owned art galleries located in different cities, so he was familiar with many artists and their styles. He settled in Brussels, taking art lessons and practicing drawing. He created... Read More  

Pope Gregory I and the Dove

During the Middle Ages, music in the churches and monasteries consisted primarily of the singing of songs whose words were taken from the Scriptures that dealt with religious feasts or celebrations throughout the year. These feasts and celebrations constituted what is known as the liturgical year. The songs that were sung were known as Gregorian... Read More  

Modern/Contemporary Test

Click on this item to review/take the test for the Modern/Contemporary time period.  

Music Unwound: Copland and Mexico

On March 28, 2013, sixteen members of Chamber Winds Louisville performed on a special concert that featured live music intermingled with commentary by American-music scholar Joseph Horowitz, Carol A. Hess, an expert on the music of Spain and the Americas and Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus, an internationally-known authority on the music of Silvestre Revueltas. Other performers on... Read More  

Nielsen's Woodwind Quintet, Op. 43

#bassoon #clarinet #flute #horn #oboe #quintet

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was a Danish composer known for his use of a wide range of styles. His music mimics the time period in which he lived, with some pieces containing movements that would easily belong in the Classical Period alongside contemporary sections very typical of 20th century writing. Though he is most well-known for his symphonies, Nielsen wrote many chamber works, of which his Woodwind Quintet being the most famous.  

Visual Art

#Courbet #Industrial Revolution #Manet

Realism evolved in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. Life wasn’t always pretty or happy. It could be downright dull, if not depressing. Artists looked to the working class and people performing everyday, often boring, tasks as subjects for their artwork. Paintings broke the accepted compositional rules, cutting people off at the edges of the... Read More  

Nielsen's Woodwind Quintet, Op. 43

#bassoon #clarinet #flute #horn #oboe #quintet

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was a Danish composer known for his use of a wide range of styles. His music mimics the time period in which he lived, with some pieces containing movements that would easily belong in the Classical Period alongside contemporary sections very typical of 20th century writing. Though he is most well-known for his symphonies, Nielsen wrote many chamber works, of which his Woodwind Quintet being the most famous.  

The Three Shades

#Dante #Rodin #sculpture

In the Inferno Dante describes three shades, souls of his departed countrymen, who danced in a circle as they told of their woeful state in Hades. Rodin’s The Three Shades stood upon the uppermost lintel of The Gates of Hell, crowning the tympanum just above The Thinker. The downward thrust of their left arms and their heads conveys despair as... Read More  

Hand Position

#beginner #clarinet #hands #thumbs

This post describes the best way to place your hands when playing clarinet. This is a great check-up for anyone who's put the instrument down for a while, or if you're just starting to play clarinet for the first time.  

Solo & Ensemble – Reflections

I love being a judge for solo & ensemble. As someone who is no longer immersed in the music education world, this is one of my few chances left to experience music on the middle school and high school level. Every year, I have amazing students, and this year is no different. I have almost... Read More  

Show Boat, "Can't Help Lovin' that Man o'Mine"

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