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The CoffeeHouse Classical

Caution: Contents may be historical, but they’re still hot! We’re serving the classics!
16
Apr 2017

Hello CoffeeHousers! It’s an off week for a new episode, but we thought you might like some inspiration for an Easter holiday playlist for brunch, lunch, dinner, or any time in between! We have for you a selection of pieces written specifically for Easter festivities, and others just for those spring time feelings. Enjoy!

  1. Russian Easter Overture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXR0tloMmoo

This is a CoffeeHouse favorite, written by Rimsky-Korsakov. It is in the style of cantors in the Russian Orthodox Church, but this orchestration is so triumphant sounding!

  1. Symphony 2: "Resurrection" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpug1NIi2s0

This is the second symphony of Gustav Mahler, so you just can’t go wrong. The resurrection described by the subtitle refers to the musical protagonist Mahler takes with him through all of his symphonies, but it is still fitting for the holiday’s significance.

  1. St. Matthew Passion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P21qlB0K-Bs

Bach really nailed it with this oratorio. It’s been described as the finest choral work ever written!

  1. The Water Passion After St. Matthew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzR8mjxX7i8

For those listeners who like the St. Matthew Passion and modern music, the Water Passion in for you! This ingenious work by Tan Dun has the original Passion text mixed with innovative orchestration and percussionists playing with water!

  1. Cavalleria Rusticana:Overture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idquyGAKyL0 and Easter Hymn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKTWkMC8KQo

These are some excerpts from a one act opera by Mascagni that happens to take place on Easter Sunday.

  1. The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cPchmU-pB4

Another oratorio, this one by the masterful Joseph Haydn. 

  1. The Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HPtSftZ3b0

Based on colored eggs found this time of year, we suggest another Russian work, this one by Mussorgsky. This is a sweet little movement from his larger work Pictures At An Exhibition, with the rest of the movements having no relation to Easter.

  1. Irish Suite: The Rakes of Mallow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYpS3ak9erk

Leroy Anderson composed this work based on a folk song. It might remind you of marshmallow peeps found in an Easter basket.

  1. Dancing at Stonehenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4uFEbMRTC0

This is a work for wind band by Anthony Suter. It is a nod to the argument that many modern Easter symbols such as bunnies and eggs are said to have originated from pagan traditions.

  1. White as Lilies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQk_KIikKBM

A lovely English song by John Dowland, representative of the holiday as white lilies typically are the flower of choice to represent the occasion.


9
Apr 2017
Posted in clarinet, Band, Contemporary by coffeehouseclassical at 10:00 am

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Welcome to the wonderful world of wind band music from contemporary composer David Maslanka! We'll be doing a comparative analysis of some of his epic band works. Check out his website for more music! www.davidmaslanka.com


26
Mar 2017

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This week we invite you to fall in love with the German romantic pianist, Clara Schumann. Her works are just as stunning as her husband's as you'll hear in our selected focus piece, the Scherzo in D minor. 


12
Mar 2017
Posted in guitar, classical, Spanish by coffeehouseclassical at 11:30 am

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We'll go on a whirlwind trip to Spain and dance our way out of the Baroque era and into the Classical!


26
Feb 2017
Posted in Renaissance, Vocal by coffeehouseclassical at 10:09 am

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Hear ye, hear ye! Today the CoffeeHouse travels back to merry old Renaissance England to explore the world of John Dowland. We'll delve into one of his charming, yet morose pieces and learn about how he was a bit of a secret jokester!

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12
Feb 2017
Posted in symphony, Russian by coffeehouseclassical at 11:59 am

We're traveling to the Mother Land of Russia this week to explore the massive influence of a little-known composer. Get ready to feel the power of the mighty Russian musical sound-scape!

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29
Jan 2017
Posted in Uncategorized by coffeehouseclassical at 5:53 am

Join us as we journey once again to France! Debussy is one of the more well known composers, and his Premier Rhapsody is a real delight! 

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15
Jan 2017
Posted in Impressionist by coffeehouseclassical at 4:24 pm

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Enjoy a daydream with Satie's impressionistic piece The Dreamy Fish.


1
Jan 2017
Posted in Uncategorized by coffeehouseclassical at 4:58 am

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Merry New Year from the Coffee House! Ring in 2017 with a bit more light music from Vienna, this time with a work from the stage. 

On our next episode, we'll be leaving the German-speaking romantic influence for Paris, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss it!


18
Dec 2016
Posted in Romantic, Waltz, Strauss by coffeehouseclassical at 3:56 pm

Even as the temperatures dip and snow covers the ground, this episode is full of the happiness of springtime in musical form!

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