Another Sonata Form

This months installment of the Good Music Speaks Podcast deals with Another Sonata Form.  It is following up on the very first episode that was an Introduction to Sonata Form, and uses the Beethoven Pathetique Sonata as an example.  You can find it at the Good Music Speaks Podcast page, or at the link below

 

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I hope you enjoy it.  I was reasonably happy with how it turned out, but you will have to excuse an awkward pause at the very end.  My dear, sweet cat jumped up on my lap and startled me, utterly destroying my train of thought.  This caused me to stumble over my words a bit at the end, but I’m satisfied to have you listen all the way through just to get to that point.  🙂

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Something Blue and Borrowed

Something Blue and Borrowed

Well the podcasting bug struck again.  This time I was inspired by all the places you hear the chord progression that makes up the twelve bar blues.  The blues is a sound that has been borrowed and incorporated into a variety of genres of music.  I try to point out and follow a few examples in this new twenty-minute episode of the Good Music Speaks Podcast.

 

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The episode has examples of delta blues, rock and roll, and jazz.  There is also a link to a Spotify playlist that has all of the tunes included in the podcast, so you can listen to the entire performance of each.

Follow the link below to the new Good Music Speaks Podcast page, and take a listen.

I hope you enjoy.

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I am aiming to offer a new episode once a month, if the good Lord is willing and the creek don’t rise.  🙂

Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

Trying new things is easier for some people than others.  Everyone should have that friend that encourages you to “go for it” and try something you haven’t done before.  Sometimes that same friend is the person who has lost forty pairs of sunglasses and can’t find their car keys.  Still, those of us who are afraid to make mistakes miss out on a lot of chances to try something for the first time.

The new thing here today is a podcast of Good Music Speaks.  Podcasting isn’t new, but it is new to me, and it took a little technical learning to pull it off.  Things have grown quite a bit in the area of home recording since I got my first cassette tape recorder as a child in the 1970’s.

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Our something old is the subject matter for the first podcast, an old musical friend, sonata form.  So much really good music was composed using the sonata form process, it becomes an essential concept to be familiar with when listening to classical music.  “Sonata” just means “to sound or to be played”,  as opposed to “Cantata” meaning “to be sung”.  Sonatas are pieces of instrumental music, and Cantatas are pieces of vocal music.  Sonata form is one way of working with material in instrumental music of all sorts, from piano sonatas to symphonies.

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Sonata form, as I am discussing in this new podcast, is something that began to evolve in the 1700’s in the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (among others).  You will find earlier instrumental pieces by Bach or Handel that are labeled “Sonate”, but the form I am talking about doesn’t apply to those earlier works.

Follow the link below to the new Good Music Speaks Podcast page, and take a listen.

I hope you enjoy.

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Next month I’ll talk about something borrowed and blue.  Stay tuned.