Monday, January 28, 2013

Greetings, scholars!

Congratulations on a pleasant, praiseworthy Pezzo Performance (Alliteration!) last Saturday.
Bravo, brava, bravi!

The great Renaissance artist, Giuseppi Arcimboldo, loved to create visual puns with his oil paintings on wood and canvas. In the winter months he enjoyed using root vegetables for his subjects. Wouldn't the veggies below make for a lovely soup?

Vegetables in a Bowl by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, c. 1500
Just look what happens when you turn this bowl of veggies upside-down: 

The Gardener by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, c. 1500

Use your keen ears to find three different movements: 

1. Bounty  
2. Aversion to Carrots  
3. Rah!

In which instrument family does the clarinet belong?
 Can you hear the canon?

We will learn a new part (QUODLIBET) for Singing School after our semester break and compose more leitmotifs for One Morning in Maine

Kitty, Baby Jane, Mother, Penny, and Sal need leitmotifs!

 We are also going to begin learning The Orchestra Song. The lyrics for the first and second verses are below, so that you can get an early start:

The fiddles - they sing it, and sob it, and swing it; 
They sway and they play it; they sing all they say!
The clarinet, the clarinet says dua-dua-dua-dua-det; 
The clarinet, the clarinet says dua-dua-dua-det.

Homework: Listen to Eat Your Vegetables! and try your artistic hand at a visual pun. Bring your artwork in after semester break to share with your classmates.

See you on Saturday, February 2nd! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Greetings, scholars!

 Please practice singing our tongue twister with the ascending and descending chromatic scale beginning and ending on Do:

You've no need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight,
For a night-light's light's a slight light and tonight's a night that's light.
When a night's light, like tonight's light, it is really not quite right
To light night-lights with their slight lights on a light night like tonight.


Now, listen for a minute as you follow the score;
Find the chromatic scales that make the lion's roar!
~ Carnival of the Animals  by Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns ~

The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau