Musical Eras

Beethoven’s Fur Elise: The “Stairway to Heaven” of Piano

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to be talking about Bagatelle no. 25 in A minor (WoO 59) by Beethoven – but it goes by the much more common name of “Fur Elise”. This is one of Beethoven’s most famous pieces, and arguably the most famous piano piece of all time. It’s been a…

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All About Rondo Form in Music

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to explore what rondo form is in music. We’ve explored other long forms on this channel before such as the sonata – and they belong to a similar era. Classical-era musicians really liked their complex forms! We’ll talk about what a rondo form is, and we’ll use a…

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Sia’s “Breathe Me”: An analysis of one of my favorite songs

Normally on this channel we’re hyper-focused on Classical music. Not to mention all the licensing hoops of featuring pop music. But one thing I often do in my studio is link Classical concepts (chord theory, etc) to pop music – so I thought, why not give it a try on this channel?

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My favorite chord progression (2 chords only, i-VI)

In today’s video, I wanted to talk a bit more about songwriting and share my favorite chord progression of all time. The nice thing about this progression is it’s only two chords, so it’s an incredibly easy one. It’s the i-VI progression – but if you don’t know what that means, fear not, we’ll be…

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Handel’s Water Music: A Baroque Concert Masterpiece

In today’s video, we’re going to take a closer look at Handel’s Water Music suite. We’ve looked at another composition by Handel before – the Hallelujah chorus from his oratorio Messiah, so definitely check that out if you want some more Handel.

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The Music of Handel: 5 Baroque Favorites

Handel was one of the biggest (literally and figuratively) Baroque composers and was right up there in popularity with Bach. They were even born in the same year – 1685. Today we’re going to look at the music of Handel and explore 5 of favorites. Most of these are considered Handel’s most famous works, so…

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A Brief History of Handel, the Big Opera Master

Bach and Handel are often tied together in a discussion of Baroque music – they were both masters of music, both German-born, both wildly popular – and they were even born the same year, in 1685. We’ve already done a brief history video on Bach, so definitely check that out – he’s one of my…

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The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: Summer [PROGRAM MUSIC]

Since it’s currently summertime, I wanted to take this opportunity to delve into The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, specifically the “summer” movement. This is a Baroque-era concerto in a set of four concerto, each with its own season/theme: spring, summer, autumn and winter. This will be a long-running series – each season I am going…

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A Simple Guide to American Music History

Today we’re going to discuss American music history. Obviously it’s a huge topic, so what I intend to do today is an overview-video, and fill in the blanks in more detail in future videos.

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