Composer of the Month
J.S. Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Today we remember Bach as an incredible composer, but during his lifetime, he was more famous as an amazing organist. This is his most famous composition for organ. (It's so famous, I'm sure you'll recognize it!)
J.S. Bach's Invention No. 13 in A minor BWV 784
The piano was invented during Bach's lifetime. Many of his keyboard pieces would have been originally performed on the harpsichord, a popular keyboard instrument of Bach's day. How would you describe the harpsichord sound?
J.S. Bach's Air on a G String
Which version of this beautiful, serene melody do you like better: accompanied violin or solo guitar?
J.S. Bach's Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971
Enjoy this energetic piano solo!
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was a Russian pianist, composer, & conductor who wrote in the Romantic style. Learn more by. . .
Valentina Lisitsa: Rachmaninoff's 18th Variation on a Theme by Paganini
Many people agree this is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. What do you think?
Valentina Lisitsa: Rachmaninoff's Etude-tableau Op. 39, No. 6 "Little Red Riding Hood"
This piano solo tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Can you hear the wolf's snarl?
Enjoy these unique performances of Christmas favorites!
"Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" performed by Jon Schmidt of The Piano Guys
"Angels We Have Heard on High" performed by The Piano Guys
"Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra/Williams
The conductor for this performance, John Williams, is the composer who wrote the music for "Star Wars," "E.T.," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," & many other famous movies.
"Jingle Bells" performed by the U.S. Navy Band, bluegrass style
This arrangement is a duel between the guitar & the banjo. Who do you think wins?
Enjoy learning more about famous composers from history. Of course, you'll earn mu$ic money by listening & completing written activities. :)