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pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 9:46 PM

"SIMPLE GIFT" FROM THE INAGURATION

If you missed this number featuring Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma, here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02Ao9jyq5Vk&NR=1

Something about it summed up the day for me, and I thought it was the best part.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 9:59 PM

its called "Air and a simple gift"

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 10:08 PM

Thanks for the link to the youtube video Pepper...I didn't get a chance to watch it in class today.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.1 - Posts: 7560)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 10:23 PM

Saw the performance live. Beautiful musicianship. Definitely added an air of class to the event today

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 11:01 PM

It may be called "Air and Simple Gift" (I "simplified" the title), but I suspect it is another version or variation of Aaron Copeland's "Appalachian Spring."

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.1 - Posts: 5313)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 11:16 PM

Was that the familiar strain running through it? I tried and tried to think where I had heard that before but maybe that's it. It was beautiful music.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 11:21 PM

Hi, Pat, You might enjoy reading about "Simple Gifts" the Quaker song which has been incorporated into other compositions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_Gifts

And, Wikipedia already has a page on the John Williams music played today. No grass grows under Wiki's feet.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 12:29 AM

I'm so glad you posted this. I didn't get to watch since I was between schools and teaching through this.

BUT when I saw my 5th grade orch kids this afternoon, they were bubbling with about what they watched with their classes. Some of the other kids have been doing their typical 5th grade thing making fun of them for being in orchestra - they were wearing a whole different attitude of pride this afternoon when I got to them.

But my violinists/violists were all over the fact that Mr. Perlman does not hold his instrument the way I taught them. They begged me to find a way to watch a recording of the performance and see what they saw. So you enabled me to report to them next time we have class.

On the one hand, I'm glad they were that observant and they've learned enough to know what to look and listen for.

On the other hand, it's hard to explain to them why we teach them as we do. That makes it kind of difficult!

John Williams (composer/arranger) rocks.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 12:46 AM

Oops...I meant Shaker, not Quaker, and Copland doesn't have an "e."
Carry on.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.7 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 6:45 AM

some teach, "learn the discipline first, then when you have mastered the basics exactly as we teach you, you can branch out and try different things." That seems true for most things.

LOVED the performance. And the absolute joy on the faces. Thanks for link to enjoy it again.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 6:52 AM

Just beautiful! Thanks so much for the link, was unable to catch it live. One of my favorite songs--think Copland is amazing. The performance was outstanding!

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 9:59 AM

Jank --

A very wise nursing instructor once told me

"You can't practice the art until you understand the science".

Tell your kids that.




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