Felix Mendelssohn (German,1809-1848): “Scottish Symphony” 2nd movement
As many of you know, I recently released an album of violin works by Mendelssohn from all stages of his life—childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. It was a two-year project, during which I felt I almost “lived” with this amazing composer. If a certain fondness for him motivated me to undertake the project in the first place, now it approaches a passion for the man and his music. (This will not be the last you hear of him, either in this challenge or in studying with me!) This particular example just happens to be, I believe, one of the most joyful works in all of music. I find it hard to listen to without dancing around my apartment—something nobody will EVER see! Listen to all the instruments coming in and out from every direction. This is great on surround sound, or a really good pair of headphones.
Listen on YouTube here.
Watch a live performance on YouTube here (2nd movement begins at 14:22).
Click here to listen on Spotify.
TIP #1: Make your practice area conducive to good work. Those who have been in my apartment know I have JS Bach on one wall and Ella Fitzgerald on the other, both of whom I find inspiring! Maybe you have someone who inspires you. Also, make sure before you practice....
*get lesson notes
*go to the bathroom
In May 2017 I challenged my students to practice every day for 30 days in a row. In addition, I asked them to listen to 30 bite-sized musical selections I emailed daily. I collected my picks in this blog for posterity. So these are works I find particularly fun, interesting, or important, including a handful by composers who were born or who died in May. Please enjoy!