Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today, I had a very interesting exchange with my students. Before one of my classes one of my students asked me what kind of music I liked. Before I had a chance to reply, another student blurted out, "Probably something stupid like classical music!" It took me by surprise because I do like classical music, but it probably wouldn't have been the first thing out of my mouth.
After conversing with my students for a few moments, I began to realize that almost none of them knew any classical musical pieces. I asked them if they could name any composers. There was silence. I mentioned a few: Mozart, Beethoven, etc. and they replied, "Oh, yeah, I've heard of them."
They then asked me who some of my favorite composers were. I named a few and then I said, let's listen to a couple.
Today, I played Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, Op. 19, No. 1 for them. You could have heard a pin drop. I don't think any of them had ever heard it before.
If you've never heard it, you can listen to it HERE.
So what about all of you, do you have favorite composers or works? If you give me some recommendations, I'll try and play some of yours for my students too.