It’s been a very busy two weeks for me, between organising my end-of-spring student recital (the hardest one to find a good date for in ten years!) and one of my cats deciding she was going to have an allergy attack over the weekend. (She’s fine, but on way more medication than before.)
Consequently, I don’t have much of an update on my musical representation project today–especially given my computer froze recently before I could save a bunch of notes for my next History Hunt piece. However, I can at least share a few small additions I’ve made to my Classical and Romantic Era timeline.
I’ve blogged about this timeline in the past, and how its ratio of men to women (11:1) and white people to POC (12:0) tells an incomplete story of the musical landscape of the time. So here are a few small steps on the path toward making my studio more inclusive and more historically accurate.
An overview of the changes I made.
Zitkála-Šá, Sioux violinist and composer.
Teresa Carreño, Venezuelan composer, conductor, pianist, and opera singer.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy, who is frequently–and incorrectly–presented as straight by history.
To learn more about Zitkála-Šá and Teresa Carreño, you can read my History Hunt posts about them.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I realised earlier this week that it had been a little while since I last did a Representation Remix, and so I picked up my old RCM New Piano Series Preparatory Book and skimmed through it. “Playful Puppy” by Canadian composer Linda Niamath jumped out at me as a piece I remembered enjoying playing as a young piano student, and so that settled that!
This arrangement is a little different than my previous ones. Instead of simply divvying up the piano parts between the flute and accompaniment, I very slightly filled out the accompaniment part so it wouldn’t sound too sparse. What I added wasn’t much, since I wanted to follow the original composition as much as possible, but I think it enhances the arrangement all the same.
I also located the fix for the issue wherein tempo markings weren’t showing up on PDF files when I exported them from Finale, so over the next while, I’ll be reuploading the PDFs I’ve shared here.
This arrangement would work nicely as a study to introduce the upper register to students, as it reaches upper register D, but it isn’t terribly complex otherwise. Grade 1 RCM students would find it most useful.
The first link is to both the flute part and the accompaniment; the second is the flute part only.
Enjoy your weekend, all!
I went downtown yesterday to pick up a new book for a piano student of mine from The Leading Note. To my delight, I discovered a wealth of music by female composers for both flute and piano alike! Here’s what I bought:
At the Piano With Women Composers, ed. by Maurice Hinson. Published by Alfred Publishing Co. [Intermediate to Early Advanced Piano]
Barcarolle et Scherzo, by Berthe di Vito-Delvaux. Published by CeBeDeM. [Late Intermediate Flute]
As She Was, by Catherine McMichael. Published by Alry Publications Etc., Inc. [Intermediate Flute]
At the Piano With Women Composers features thirteen different women composers writing from the Classical era to the 20th Century. Some of them, we’ve met in my History Hunt series: Amy Beach, Teresa Carreño, Cécile Chaminade, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Clara Wieck Schumann. Others are still on my to-do list. I’m particularly excited to explore this collection, so my more advanced piano students had better watch out!
Previous posts in this series discovering music by underrepresented composers: (1) (2)
Hello, all! This week’s remix was a two-for-one deal, in that one of my students commented that she wasn’t fond of one of the Grade 4 RCM studies I had assigned her. Rather than give her one of the traditional choices, I thought that this would be a great opportunity to do a Representation Remix.
I chose Bohdana Filtz’s “An Ancient Tale” from an older Grade 6 RCM book–and discovered that since Filtz doesn’t have a Wikipedia page of her own, that makes her a prime candidate for a future History Hunt writeup (yes, I’ve still got those on the back burner!).
Here’s what Discogs.com has to say about her:
Bohdana Filtz (born 1932) is a Ukrainian composer and musicologist from Lviv. She has composed over 400 pieces including classical symphonic and piano music, liturgical choral arrangements, as well as children’s songs.
And here’s the piece! I’d recommend it for a Grade 4 RCM student; while the rhythms are overall straightforward, it does hit that high A toward the end of the piece.
flute-Filtz-An Ancient Tale-flute part – Flute solo.
flute-Filtz-An Ancient Tale – Flute part with piano accompaniment.
Incidentally, my computer isn’t displaying the MM in the PDF files; I suspect it’s an issue with importing from Finale. If someone could let me know if they can see the MM, that would be great. Thank you!
This week was fairly busy for me, and so I unfortunately didn’t have time to arrange anything new for my Representation Remixes series. However, yesterday, one of my young students helped me sort out a very simple duet for “Alexa’s Music Box” by Jean Coulthard. I want to stress how simple this duet is–I basically took the remaining notes from the piano arrangement and tweaked the octaves slightly–but simple’s better than nothing, right?
flute-Coulthard-Alexa’s Music Box-Optional duet – for (slightly more advanced) flute
Have a great weekend, everyone!
This week’s addition to my student library is a bit different than usual. One of my current students is a retired lady who’s taking piano lessons from me so she can play her favourite hymns. She brought in a copy of “Jesus Loves Me” from her hymnbook, but the print was so tiny that I was having trouble reading it. There was also no room for me to suggest fingering–a necessity for a SATB (soprano-alto-tenor-bass) arrangement!
So, students of my studio, you can now download a reasonably-sized version of “Jesus Loves Me,” complete with fingering instructions. Simply log into my website. Everyone else…well, why not consider joining my studio?
I’m back again this week with another arrangement to fill out the holes in the flute (and hopefully later piano) repertoire! This time, I took a look at Canadian composer Jean Coulthard‘s piano piece, “Alexa’s Music Box.” I found the piece in Music of Our Time, published by the Waterloo Music Company, Ltd.; it would be ideal for flute students playing at a Grade 1 RCM level.
flute-Coulthard-Alexa’s Music Box – Part for solo flute.
I’m looking into adding a very simple teacher duet part, also for flute, but I need to road test it with one of my flute students first. I’ll be sure to update the post if it turns out to be a worthwhile addition!