Piano Trios

Due to members’ traveling, our Ensemble now have 2 violinists, 3 cellists and 1 pianist for the next few months. We decided to practice songs of piano trios. Marie and Aileen collected their piano trio scores and we selected our favorite songs:

Many years ago, John, Peter, Esther and I had practice Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 11 in Bb major — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0EQkcuNp7k  and we will try again this time.

We also selected a few Classical pieces for practices in the future:

2017 橙縣臺灣傳統週

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今年是我們室內樂團第四年參加橙縣台灣傳統週系列活動 — 音樂台灣 : 古典與新潮。

今年我們樂團新增 Recorder (木笛) 來演奏巴哈的樂曲。Mary Van Cott-Hand 客座參加木笛演出。年輕的團員組成絃樂四重奏、提昇選曲的高度技巧。首次與福爾摩沙之愛合唱團合作、我們樂團伴奏月夜愁、由林麗貞女高音獨唱。

我們樂團歡迎有志於推廣台灣民謠與古典音樂的音樂家參加我們的團隊。

We are grateful to Mr. Peter Yang who had done excellent video recordings for the performance of our Ensemble.

Rehearse on J.S. Bach’s Music

Beginning on April 12, 2016, our ensemble rehearsed selected Taiwan Folk Songs arranged by Masaaki Hayakawa. On May 21, we were invited by Taiwan Economic and Cultural Center to perform during Taiwanese American Heritage Week (2016 橙縣臺灣傳統週 臺灣音樂欣賞 ) at their Orange County office. Our rehearsals continued with new Taiwan Folk Songs and recently, we switched to Baroque period music, on J.S. Bach compositions.

In the past, we had rehearsed Bach’s Orchestral Suite #2 and performed in two occasions: (1) 2013 Taiwanese American Heritage Week, and (2) NTU Alumni Choir Concert. In both concerts, we have violins, piano (substitute cembalo), bass clarinet (substitute cello), without viola. This time, we want to rehearse the music with a full string ensemble and piano. Another music piece we selected is J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4. Marie will play the recorder, Grace on flute, Samuel on violin solo with the string ensemble and piano.

Dutch Bach Society (Nederlandse Bach Vereniging) started in 2013 the All of Bach program –performing and recording of all the works of Bach and published the works on line. Each composition is moved by musicians and equipped with necessary basic information for public. Dutch Bach Society was founded in 1921 and is likely the oldest Bach Society established in the World.

Bach’s Orchestral Suite #2 and Brandenburg Concerto #4 had been performed and published in All of Bach. Their performances are superb, and we love their interpretations of the music. In the next few months, we would like to complete the rehearsals and perform the music in public concerts.

Taiwan Folk Songs

Our Chamber Group had been invited to perform in Taiwanese American Heritage Week [橙縣臺灣傳統週臺灣音樂欣賞] in previous years and this year. Taiwan folk songs are the main focus of our music selections. Here are brief summaries of Taiwan Folk Songs (台灣歌謠) from 日治時代 (1932-1939) to 戰後 (1946-1960). 台語通俗歌謠(I);  台語通俗歌謠(II) These PPT summaries were based on the book  “台灣歌謠追想曲” by 莊永明; 前衛出版社 1994. Continue reading “Taiwan Folk Songs”