Friday, March 6, 2015

Video of the Week: Brahms' Lullaby

Who are the three big B's of music history?  Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms! 

Let's listen to some Brahms!  Here is his most well known melody, Wiegenlied (Lullaby).  It was not written for the cello originally, but for voice (the original German and English lyrics can be found online).  As the cello is the instrument most like the human voice, songs like this suit it well!

Students, please write on your practice sheet where and when Brahms lived, and what genre of music he composed (baroque, classical, romantic, modern, or ??).

Note, also, bow placement of this soloist.  Often, the second part is played with a mute.  What does this soloist do, instead? 

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