Listening Log Assignments 2022-2023

Dear Students,

Here we are starting a new Blog which is dedicated to our Listening Log. From now on, you are welcome to post your weekly Listening Listening LogLogs here in a form of your comment to this blog post.  Each completed Listening Log will earn you a Sticker.

You will need to make your posts fit the following format:

Listening Log No…by…(your name)

First piece:

  1. Composer
  2. Title of the piece
  3. Performer(s)
  4. Insert a YouTube link or a link from another site if you listened/watched on computer. Skip this step if you listened to radio in a car
  5. Your comments!

Second piece:

  1. Composer
  2. Title
  3. Performer(s)
  4. Insert a YouTube link or a link from another site if you listened/watched on computer. Skip this step if you listened to radio in a car
  5. Your comments!

17 thoughts on “Listening Log Assignments 2022-2023”

  1. Composer: Grieg
    Piece: In the Hall of the Mountain King arranged for piano
    Performer’s name: Denis Matsuev
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nZhw3wifeY
    Comments: This is a different version than what I am currently playing for piano, but nonetheless sounds very good. This is a very energetic piece, and I like it very much. He has very good articulation and technique, and plays very well.

  2. Composer: Beethoven
    Piece: Symphony No. 9, 4th mvt
    URL: CD
    Performer(s) name: Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia and Chorus; Bela Drahos
    Comments: My favorite symphony ever!! It’s unbelievable to think that he composed this when he was deaf. This theme has been so popular that some people don’t even know where this came from! The chorus makes it sound 2 times better!

  3. Composer: Bach
    Piece: Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
    Performer(s) name: Simon Preston, organ
    URL: None, bc this is on a CD
    Comments: This sounds like a very scary piece! I like how Bach uses a chord on top of another to make it sound scary; a D on top of a C# dominant 7th, I think. The organ is the perfect instrument for this.

  4. Composer: Beethoven
    Piece: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” 1st mvt
    Performer(s) name: Krystian Zimerman, Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDXWK3W477w
    Comments: This is my favorite Beethoven piano concerto. This is a very dramatic concerto. However, it is actually peaceful sometimes. Sometimes, it sounds like a military march. The right and left hand have separate melodies sometimes. Beethoven’s themes across his music are simple, yet dramatic.

  5. Composer: Johann Strauss II
    Piece: The Blue Danube
    Performer(s) name: Milan Weber and the International Festival Orchestra
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPxYckf3ij0
    Comments: In my opinion, this is the most beautiful waltz ever composed, or at least one of them. This is why Strauss is called the Waltz King. The Danube River is an actual river.

  6. Composer: Mozart
    Title: Turkish March/Rondo Alla Turca
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWYmUZTYE78
    Performer(s) name: Lang Lang
    Comments: He looks like he’s having a lot of fun! Both of his hands keep flying. WHY IS IT SO FAST COMPARED TO WHAT I PLAYED?!?! At 0:50, he’s literally just playing around!! This is probably the funniest classical music video!!

  7. September 11, 2023
    Composer: Rachmaninoff
    Piece: Piano Concerto No. 3, 2nd and 3rd mvts
    Performer(s) name: Yunchan Lim, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvKQKnIVy1I
    Comments: The second movement is very expressive, and at times, it becomes loud and dramatic. I can see that the conductor keeps looking at Yunchan Lim and communicating. The 3rd movement is very fast, exciting and nervous. Once, at the end of the phrase, his hands flew off the piano like a spring, 180°! When he plays chords, his whole body is jumping up and down! The ending is so dramatic!!

  8. September 11, 2023
    Composer: Rachmaninoff
    Piece: Piano Concerto No. 3, 2nd and 3rd mvts
    Performer(s) name: Yunchan Lim, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvKQKnIVy1I
    Comments: The second movement is very expressive, and at times, it becomes loud and dramatic. I can see that the conductor keeps looking at Yunchan Lim and communicating. The 3rd movement is very fast, exciting and nervous. Once, at the end of the phrase, his hands flew off the piano like a spring, 180°! When he plays chords, his whole body is jumping up and down! The ending is so dramatic!!

  9. September 11, 2023
    Composer: Rachmaninoff
    Piece: Piano Concerto No. 3, 1st mvt
    Performer(s) name: Yunchan Lim, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvKQKnIVy1I
    Comments: The beginning is simple, but still very expressive, and it gets harder. I can see him concentrating very hard, and I can imagine the stress, in one of the biggest piano competitions in the world. Every note is very clear. The melody is very simple, yet very dramatic. I can see him playing every note with care.

  10. September 11, 2023
    Composer: Rachmaninoff
    Piece: Piano Concerto No. 3, 1st mvt
    Performer(s) name: Yunchan Lim, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
    URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvKQKnIVy1I
    Comments: The beginning is simple, but still very expressive, and it gets harder. I can see him concentrating very hard, and I can imagine the stress, in one of the biggest piano competitions in the world. Every note is very clear. The melody is very simple, yet very dramatic. I can see him playing every note with care.

  11. Listening Log No 1 by Joel
    First piece: RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, movement 1

    Rachmaninoff
    piano concerto no 3
    yunchan lim
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPJL488cfRw&ab_channel=TheCliburn
    Your comments!

    the beginning is beautifully blended together, synchronization between the piano and the orchestra. while the two are very different, I think this equilibrium can only be achieved by a great pianist and orchestra. I enjoyed this piece a lot
    Second piece:

    3rd movement
    Yun chan lim

    The Beginning of the 3rd movement is really fast, and yet lunch an lim handles it really well and plays it extremely accurately. I enjoy the melody the orchestra creates. at 36:30, there is a very beautiful solo, that really stands out. The ending of this piece is really nice and I like it.

  12. Composer: Rachmaninoff
    Title: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, 1st mvt
    Performer(s) name: Yunchan Lim
    URL: youtube.com/watch?v=DPJL488cfRw
    Comments: It is really exciting and dramatic. It sounds like it would take a lot of energy. I like it and I would like to play this one day.

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