Monday, April 14, 2014

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was the eldest child of J. S. Bach. He was born on November 22nd, 1710 in Weimar, Germany. Friedemann’s teachers were his father J S. Bach and Graun. Friedemann's students included Johann Nikolaus Forkel, and his younger brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Friedemann married Dorothea Elisabeth Georgi (1751), she outlived him by seven years. Together they had two sons and a daughter, Friederica Sophia (born in 1757), who was the only one of their offspring to live past infancy. Friedemann died July 1st, 1784 in Berlin, Germany.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Each time I learn a new song, I am required to learn about the composer, the song and write up about it. It is really fun to find out about the composer and about what a song means. Enjoy, learning with me.

Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky 

Born: December 30, 1904 – St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 18, 1987 – Moscow, Russia (Wikipedia says he died Feb. 14, 1987)

Kabalevsky’s family belonged to Russian Nobility. In 1916, they moved to Moscow. Kabalevsky’s teacher was Nikolai Miaskovsky. When he grew up he was a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory. One of his students was Leo Smit who was a skilled musician. Kabalevsky’s compositional media was orchestra, chamber music, keyboard, choral, opera, songs, theatrical and film. He never married and died of natural causes.

A Novelette is defined as a short piece of lyrical music, especially one for the piano. The word was used by the composer Robert Schumann. Schumann popularized the word novelette by using it in titles for some of his piano compositions .He had a literary background that he would find ways to include in his music.

                Wikipedia: Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky and Robert Schumann
Pocket Dictionary of Music, Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky

Web site for definitions, Novelette

Friday, April 11, 2014

Apple Pie Tradition at the Capital

I made my first ever gluten, dairy and egg free pies. The above taken just before baking. The photo below just came out of the oven. Doesn't this look scrumptious! I just had to make one for my mom and myself. When we make pies for the Apple Pie Tradition at the Capitol, it's quite the process and very rewarding knowing our pies along with others will be delivered to 182 legislators, other elected officials and government staff.  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Today's The Day

Provided below are links to listen and see three different renditions of Battle Hymn Of The Republic.
Also, the two links below describe how background information on the writing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Enjoy having a patriotic moment.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Constantly Abiding

Arranged by Ken Burns

The Irish Tenors

Battle Hymn of the Republic' (Steffe-Howe)