The first video I have to share with you comes from all the way back in 1940. That year, Walt Disney produced one of his most famous movies of all time, Fantasia. Believe it or not, at this time in history, Mickey Mouse was actually declining in popularity, so Walt Disney was trying to create a film that would help revive him. In the movie Fantasia, we hear eight pieces of classical music and animated stories to accompany each one of them. One of the most memorable parts of this movie was a piece that featured Mickey Mouse, called The Sorcerer’s Apprentice written by Paul Dukas. In 2000, Fantasia was remade using new music but this piece was the only piece that appeared in both the 1940 and 2000 versions. Click here to watch the video. In the video, did you notice how a lot of the action seemed to match the music? Have you ever listened to music while you did work? Does it seem to make the time go faster?
Two of the instruments that are featured in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice are the bassoon and contrabassoon. Check out this video of the bassoon section of the Minnesota Orchestra. The musicians are talking about some of the meaning behind The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and then they play their part from the piece. Do you recognize it? Isn’t the sound of the bassoon and contrabassoon awesome?!?
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To go further, let’s look at another video that demonstrates that deafness does not have to limit your ability to create or your love for music. If you have ever watched America’s Got Talent, then you may have seen Mandy Harvey. If you haven’t had the chance to see the clip, here it is. It is really powerful. Did you notice any similarities between the book and the video of Mandy?
Speaking of disabilities – this video is going to blow your mind. This is the Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe of China. The music is performed by musicians that cannot see and the dances are performed by dancers that cannot hear the music. I hope you are as mesmerized as I was!
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Since I teach chorus, I wanted to share a piece of choral music that I really love. This piece is called Bonse Aba and is from the African country of Zambia. What do you think of all of the different color shirts that the performers are wearing? We usually perform wearing black and white, do you like the different colors? What do you think the song is about? What kind of occasion would you listen to this music at?
If you watch this second video, it plays the song as the background and shows you pictures of the landscape and the peoples of Zambia where the music is from.
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Are you all familiar with One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” If you aren’t, be sure to take a quick listen to it. As we have previously discussed, I really like The Piano Guys. Check out how they adapted this song. What do you think?
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As I say each week – I hope that you and your families are staying safe during this strange time. I never would have thought that we would have been away from each other for so long. Hang in there – this will not last forever.
“If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.” ― Vera Nazarian
-Mr. Baur :)