Sunday, February 13, 2011

Music Fan Badge

1. Express Yourself (Sun. 2/27/11):

My award is the Kakakakaka Sound Award. The catagories are Best Modern Sounds, Best Classical Sounds, Best Classic Rock Sounds, Best Go-To-Sleep Sounds, and Best Rock Sounds. The winners are Fleetwood Mac for Best Modern Sounds, Yo-Yo Ma for Best Classical Sounds, Bruce Springsteen for Best Classic Rock Sounds, Sylvia Harttman for Best Go-To-Sleep Sounds, and Jonas Brothers for Best Rock Sounds.

2. Listening to Something New (Sun. 2/20/11):

I went to a concert tonight and heard two new pieces of music I never heard before:

Apostolo Glorioso by Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474)


Call to Remembrance by Richard Farrant (1530-1580)

3. Sharing Music (Sat. 2/12/11):

Today I had a concert with my choir. It was fun! The concert was part of a music festival weekend. There were hundreds of people in the audience!

4. Found Music (Sun. 2/27/11):

I invented the Saxolaposhrinkamajig! It is an instrument that is kind of like a saxophone but a lot cooler. It is made out of a silk tie and plastic pipes. The sound is made by singing a tune through it.

5. What's a Song Made Out Of?

6. Folk Songs from Afar:

7. Careers in Music:

8. Music: Insight to History (Sun. 2/20/11):

Tonight I went to a concert featuring a professional vocal group. They sang "Miserere" which means "Have Mercy." This piece is by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) and was sung in Latin. Written probably during the 1630s, this piece is based on Psalm 51 for use in the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter. It could be sung today, mostly during the services in Lent. I especially liked the part when a soprano went up to a high C!

Another song in the concert was "Babylone" by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). His piece described the Fall of Babylon. Some of the lyrics described the event: "She is falling, great Babylon! If God does not build the house or guard the city, it is in vain that it was built; it is in vain that they labored to build it, and that they labored to labor, those who built it." This music is probably not sung today, except in a concert like this one.

9. Nature's Call (Sun. 2/13/11):

We took a hike today and listened to nature sounds such as birds chirping, the wind in the trees, the trees creeking, and the sound of water rushing down the waterfall.

10. Dance TIme:

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