Friday, May 27, 2016

Fun Fact About Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn was a prolific and influential Austrian composer (1732-1809).
Franz Joseph Haydn began his musical study at age 8, when he was hired to sing in the choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. He learned to play violin and keyboard while working at the Cathedral. After he left the choir, he supported himself by teaching and playing violin, while continuing studying to play the instruments.
Haydn soon became an assistant to composer Nicola Porpora in exchange for lessons, and in 1761 he was named Kapellmeister, or "court musician," at the palace of the influential and wealthy Esterházy family, a position that would financially support him for nearly 30 years. Isolated at the remote palace from other composers and musical trends, he was, as he wrote it, "forced to become original."
Haydn wrote 106 symphonies throughout his life, but the birth of the "Farewell Symphony" had a tale with the twist, as it was told by Haydn in old age to his biographers. 
Haydn and the court orchestra had been residing and performing at the Prince Fun Fact about Joseph Haydn Firewell Sympony Nikolaus Esterházy's favorite summer palace in rural Hungary longer than expected, and musicians wished to return to their families. However, the Prince planned many future parties for the musicians to entertain. Desiring to return home, the musicians appealed to Haydn for help. The diplomatic Haydn put his request into the music of the "Farewell Symphony". During the final movement each musician stops playing, snuffs out the candle on his book stand, and leaves in turn, so that at the end, there are just two violinists left.
The Prince understood the message and let the musicians return home.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day History | Song about Mommy

Mother’s Day History dates back to the era of ancient Greeks and Romans.
Ancient Greeks celebrated a spring festival dedicated to to maternal goddesses Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans celebrated a spring festival dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. The ceremonies honoring Cybele began around 250 years B.C. The celebration lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades.
During the 17th century, Christians living on the British isles initiated a celebration of motherhood, called Mothering Sunday, which was held on the forth Sunday during of Lent. This holiday featured the reunification of mothers and their children, separated when working class families had to send off their young children to be employed as house servants. On Mothering Sunday, the child servants were allowed to return home for the day to visit with their parents.
Custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, after World War II, the Mother’s Day History has continued in the US.
In 1858, Anna Reeves Jarvis was the first woman to hold an official celebration of mothers, when in her home state of West Virginia, she instituted Mothers’ Work Day to raise awareness about local sanitation issues.
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” suggested and promoted a Mother’s Day for Peace, to be held on June 2, which was celebrated the following year by women in 18 cities across America. Her idea spread but was later replaced by the Mother’s Day holiday now celebrated in May.
In 1905, Anna Reeves Jarvis passed away and her daughter, Anna Jarvis, who is recognized as the Founder of Mother’s Day in the US, continued her mother’s work. Anna swore on her mother’s gravesite that she would realize her lifelong dream of creating a national day to honor mothers. In 1907, Anna launched her campaign by handing out white carnations to congregants at her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, her mother’s church acquiesced to Anna’s request to hold a special Sunday service in honor of mothers – a tradition that spread the very next year to churches in 46 states. In 1909, Anna left her job and dedicated herself to a full-time letter-writing campaign, imploring politicians, clergymen and civic leaders to institute a national day for mothers. The hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union, and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Today Mothers Day is celebrated in many countries including the US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support.Traditionally, flowers, cards, candies and others gifts are given to mothers on the Mother’s Day. Florists, card manufacturers and gift sellers significantly profit from the sales proceeds on the Mother’s day.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

361st Birthday of the Piano Inventor

361st Birthday of the Piano Inventor B. Christofori

Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco, best known as the piano inventor, was born on May 4th, 1655 in Italy. Bartolomeo Christofori, the piano inventor
Hired by Ferdinando de Medici, the Prince of Tuscany, Bartolomeo maintained the royal collection of musical instruments.
The most popular instrument of his days was a harpsichord.

Cristofori innovated the hammer mechanism inside the harpsichord that struck the strings but did not remain in contact with them (which damps the sound, as is the case with the harpsichord and clavichord), and the hammer returned to its rest position immediately, and is therefore able to be sent to strike the string again very quickly, in rapid succession, allowing for much faster play than the other keyboard string instruments.
Additionally, the invented instrument piano was able to respond to the strength Los Angeles Piano Lessonsof the player's key press, allowing for some notes to be played louder or quieter than others, which , something that the earlier instruments could not do. That is why the original piano was named pianoforte, which means "quiet-loud" in Italian.

Today, there are only 3 original pianos built by Christofori left.

In addition to being the piano inventor, Bartolomeo Christofori created two other keyboard instruments: the spinettone and the oval spinet.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

8 Fun Violin Practice Games for Kids

Violin is not an easy instrument to learn, especially 
Violin lessons for children
for a young child. This is partly because your child won’t be actually playing music right away and  would need to practice the pre-violin skills first, such as holding the bow correctly and producing the right sound playing a single note. All the pre-violin skills might feel boring for your preschooler who wants to play his or her first song.

How can you encourage your child to practice repetition and keep it fun?

1. Keep the practicing sessions short, or up to 5 minutes long.
2.  Try the following 8 ideas to make the practice time fun and motivating:
Silly Cards. Make silly cards showing different physical activities, such as sticking out tongue, standing on one foot, closing eyes, opening mouth wide, closing one eye, wiggling bottom, doing fishy month, playing pizzicato, making rabbit face, singing the piece, etc.
Have your child draw a new silly card for each repetition. For example, if your child plays the Twinkle song and draws “sticking out the tongue,” he or she should play twinkle with tongue out the whole time.
For a silly bonus repetition ask your child to try to do all of the things at the same time.
Matryoshka. This Russian doll comes in handy
Violin practice game for kids
 in teaching to practice repetition. Every time the child plays a repetition, open one doll. When he or she gets to the second last doll, have a treat in it, instead of the tiny doll.

Violin Tour. Take your youngster “on tour”, playing an exercise one time in each room of the house, on the balcony, outdoors, etc.
Drinking cups. Place small cups turned upside down on the table and hide a treat in one of them. Let your student lift one of the cups for each successful repetition.
Toy audience. Let your child play one of the Twinkle rhythms for each of his or her favorite stuffed animals. Each of the animals would “thank” your child after the performance and “ask” to play the Twinkle-Variation again and again.
Abacus. Flick a bead for each repetition until the child plays it 10 times. It’s so simple and the kids love it.
Simon Says. In this popular game, you can take turns with your child to be “Simon”. For example, when you play A on the violin, your child should sit down, stand up when you play E, jump up when you play F#, etc. Then, your child plays a note and you do the correct movements.
Prevent the Fall. Place a small stuffed animal on the violin hold, just to the left of the G string. Ask your child to play the homework exercise 5 times avoiding dropping the animal.

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