I’ve been studying music for 9 years, playing piano for nine, violin for seven, and voice/singing for 3 years. I think back to daycare, where I first started playing the piano. I remember loving my lessons because it meant I didn’t have to do “silent reading time.” (I like reading now) I started playing violin in first grade, the very first thing we did in my lesson was to learn how to properly hold a violin up with your chin. I remember competing in contests to see who could hold up their violin the longest. It is those little, seemingly insignificant things I did as a young child that I remember the most about music now. Throughout my life, I have researched music, for fun, for school projects, etc. One thing that is constant throughout my research is that music is a language. It is a way to communicate with or without words, but express something more meaningful than a speech or conversation. It is a mix of emotions and thoughts, and words blended together to create a masterpiece. I enjoy creating and playing music because it gives me the opportunity to speak a language so meaningful, and the privilege to portray so many different emotions and thoughts others had hundreds of years ago. I love all kinds of music, I’m a teenage girl so it’s not unusual that I like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Pentatonix, AJR, and millions of other artists and groups. I love 80’s music and hair metal (which are the only thing my dad listens to). I appreciate a small selection of classical music and recently I have been enjoying slower, more depressing music (strongly dependent on the pandemic). I participate in a few extracurricular activities: Volleyball, JYAB for a Precious Child Foundation, NJHS, and Student Council. I think reading, video games, personal hygiene, and shopping are enjoyable as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to study under Beth Secrist, Anna Manalo, and Joshua Zabatta at Maestro Music Institute. I first met Beth when I was four years old and have been studying piano under her ever since. Maestro Music was started by Beth and I applaud her for creating such a successful and educational school of music. I feel like I have been growing with Maestro, it’s continuing to grow just as I am, and I could not be more grateful for the experience I’ve had with them. Thinking about music in the future is challenging, I don’t believe it will be my main profession. I am very academically driven and hope to have an occupation around that aspect of my life; however, music will still be present in my life. Though I am not planning on a musical profession it will still play a very large and meaningful role in my life. I’ve been hearing about Aragorn the majority of my time at Maestro. I’ve always admired his skill, effort, and musical genius along with his genuineness. I am lucky and have the opportunity to play with someone of his skill level. I have been in orchestra for years, but playing with someone who is more advanced than you provides a completely different experience that I have learned from. I have certainly enjoyed this engagement and hope to continue it. I’m looking forward to the end result (sounds cliche). We’ve tirelessly on our music, and duets and I’m looking forward to hearing the outcome.
Ludovico Einaudi, Sarabande
Sarabande is highlighted in “In a Time Lapse” a studio album which featured many of Euinaudi’s (still alive at the age of 64) brilliant compositions, it is described to have “A haunting combination of dreamlike piano and busy orchestral soundscapes.” The melding of the piano and violin create an intense, dramatic and pleasing sound.
Ludovico Einaudi, The Crane Dane
Featured in Einaudi’s most famous album, “Nightbook,” the Italian composer wrote melodic and dreamy pieces that he described as “A night-time landscape.” The delicate
and gentle atmosphere of The Crane Dance is a beautiful verbalization of what he hoped to portray musically and artistically, as depicted by the faintly visible garden on the
album cover that dully glows under a night sky. The left hand’s almost monotonous yet captivating notes in conjunction with the right hand’s phrasing become almost
daydream-like and magical.
Giovanni Battista Martini, Gavotte in G Major
The Italian composer, Giovanni Battista Martini, was educated by his father as a violinist and was fond of music from all diversities of culture, including old French dances such as gavottes. Interestingly, Martini was an impressive collector of so much diverse music literature, that his library was estimated to be around 17,000 volumes. The almost tango-like feel of the back and forth rhythm between the violin and piano-adapted part emphasizes the cultural significance of formal and evenly timed gavotte compositions.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Gavotte in G minor
Bach, a Baroque composer, created incredible music. The German composer had a successful career as an organist and some of his works were published in his lifetime. Bach’s father was a seventh generation musician who carried on the family tradition through teaching his son how to play violin. Unfortunately, Bach lost both of his parents when he was 10 years old. However, this did not stop him from being the “best composer of the baroque era and being considered one of the most important figures in classical music.” His Gavotte in G minor is a mournful composition that blends nicely between the violin and piano. The gavotte was published in his 3rd English suite. “Suite in G minor.” He had a large family (fathered 20 children) and Bach’s Gavotte in G minor is a mournful sounding composition with a diffi