I am so intrigued by music theory. When I was learning it in my AP Music Theory class I felt so motivated to go deeper and during the test I had so much fun because I felt like I really understood the material and it’s like my world makes a whole lot of sense. I still want to learn more. Like, what makes the cello part at 4:00 in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture so heart-wrenching? And what makes the chords at 9:30 in Dvorak’s New World Symphony work so well? I think it’s so fascinating…

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  November 29, 2013 at 03:53pm

Our marching coaches are from the Blue Devils and we did the Space Chords warm up once, which is what they’re doing in this video, and it was the coolest thing ever omg, especially in the end.

Woodbridge High School Entertainment Corps during the half time show at the football game against Irvine High School on 11/1. I think this might’ve been our best performance, musically/visually. The angle of this video is kinda low though, sorry.

  November 05, 2013 at 05:15pm

Newport Harbor High Field Tournament 10/12/13

We did much better in this one and we got top honors in visual performance, music performance, percussion, 1st place auxiliary, and overall tournament sweepstakes. We added a third movement this time! 

Watch this full screen and then look at the battery (drums) starting at 5:35 and then for the third movement the trumpets have this really long hold where we do nothing but play music so our coaches put in this sumo wrestler visual omg. Also I think the dragons breaking apart was so cool in the third movement.

  October 14, 2013 at 07:48pm
woodbridge as in woodbridge, va?

Woodbridge as in Irvine, California c:

  October 06, 2013 at 05:29pm

First Marching Band Tournament! Woodbridge High School Entertainment Corps: Dance of the Dragon

Auxiliary sweepstakes with a score of 71.5 
High music sweepstakes with a score of 309 
Band sweepstakes With a score of 72.7

  October 06, 2013 at 05:17pm

Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 by Edvard Grieg

I am going through a Grieg phase right now as we are playing this piece in our youth orchestra. Very fun to play and I love the wind solos! I’ve been listening to the piano version of this as well, which was how it was originally written, and it blows my mind how Hans Sitt orchestrated this whole thing.

This is the second year of high school that I have three to four music classes. Aren’t I in college already? I absolutely love it. I’m hanging around the music building all the time, I pretty much live there. It’s my second home. Music is life, man.

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  September 13, 2013 at 08:19pm

Two weeks ago marked the last day of the two-week band camp at my school and, I must say, I loved the whole experience. Okay, maybe not the whole thing because those two weeks of camp were probably the hottest days of the summer and I burned my shoulders/ears. Besides the heat exhaustion, being part of the big band family and learning this epic music on a completely new instrument (trumpet) and learning my dots was really cool. Unfortunately, this is my first and last year of marching band in high school because I’m a senior, but better joining at least once out of the four years than none at all. My life feels complete with this. I’m so glad I joined!

This is our parent performance night on the second to last day of band camp. Our theme this year is Dance of the Dragons (hence that little sensei bow visual there). Woodbridge High, whoop!

  September 13, 2013 at 08:04pm

Anonymous asked: you played both the dvorak string quintet and dvorak piano quintet at music camp right? how did you like them?

For the quintets, the string quartet had the same people and the pianist and bassist switched.

I think the string quintet was more challenging than the piano quintet (we played first movement for both) and I had more fun playing the piano one, but I feel like the string quintet was more familiar to me as Dvorak. There was something about that piece that had “Dvorak” written all over it, much more so than the piano quintet, a very homey feeling with great warmth. We performed the string quintet during the second week of camp as it tested our group in how well we’d be able to communicate throughout a live performance and it made us very eager to perform the piano quintet on the last day as a “finale”. The piano quintet is one so full of passion and love that I could feel the friendships and close connections between us as a quintet, and the one emotion I felt so much of in this music was hope, perhaps with a question mark, with that fallen note of the cello or first violin when they have the lonely melody line.

We did choose the piano quintet to be our favorite though… I think was just easier to settle into, maybe that’s why it was more fun to play?

  September 05, 2013 at 11:54pm

leadingtone:

So I learned a while back that a number of hardcore professional copyists and engravers use gamepads like this one to control Sibelius.

And now I really want to get one, because I would feel more like the evil morally circumspect mastermind I was always meant to be and because it would make musical data entry seem like even more of a video game than it already does. 

I NEED THIS

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genericist:

An upright bass by Johann Ullrich Eberle, circa 1775

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Chopin

12 Études, Op. 25

Daniil Trifonov
Rubinstein Competition, 2011

In the words of one Youtube commenter, “If legato could kill, his would.”