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Tips for Doing a Creative Collage

1. Try to select a broad theme for the collage. An assemblage of entirely random text and visuals can still be interesting to look at, but deciphering the theme of the collage can add an additional layer of depth for the audience. A collage that is just about, say, standup comedy could work, but it may be less visually interesting than a collage about comedy in general. Collages about topics […]

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Chopin’s best piano pieces

Frederic Chopin was a French-Polish composer and pianist who lived from 1810 to 1849. Not only was he a well-known child prodigy and virtuoso, but he was considered one of the most important composers of the Romantic period of Western music. Fantasie Impromptu Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu was composed in 1834 and is regarded as one of the composer’s most well-known works for piano. It has been said to be similar […]

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Favourite pieces by Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most influential composers in history, and a major figure in the transition from the Classical period of Western music to the Romantic period. His work remains some of the most popular and influential music in the world, especially his piano music. Moonlight Sonata (op. 27 no. 2) The Moonlight Sonata is the more well-known name of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp […]

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Debussy’s Moonlight in a Unique Whole Tone Style

Debussy’s piano piece “Clair de Lune” illustrates the unique whole tone style of the French composer. The title translate to “moonlight” in French. In music, tone are separated by equally spaced intervals called half steps. Sit at a piano and play all of the white and black keys consecutively to play consecutive half steps. To play whole steps, play every other key. This results in a whole tone scale. Debussy […]

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A Free, Flowing and Exciting Adventure

Frederic Chopin’s Nocturnes opus 9 consist of three pieces that he completed from 1830 to 1832. Each piece has a distinct sound and form that helps to set them apart from each other. The works are dedicated to Madame Camille Pleyel and were published a year after they were completed in 1833. While the second Nocturne is by far Chopin’s most famous Nocturne, a discussion of the second one by […]

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Adele Defies the “Sophomore Jinx”

Many incredible musicians have entered our eardrums with amazing debut albums that have set the bar so high that they struggle to ever be able to reach that status again. But super singer supreme – Adele – surely defeated the music industry hex known as “the sophomore jinx” with her second album called 21. Considering that Adele’s astounding entrance into stardom and worldwide concert stages was the groundbreaking 19, success […]

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Films Based on Classical Music and their Composers

For lovers of classical music, nothing can bring more excitement than to see their favorite songs brought to life. The stories behind the music, or just films based on classical pieces, help bring a new awareness of the songs themselves. Over the years a number of great classical songs have been turned into feature films, and peeks into the lives of the composers behind the music have made classical pieces […]

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