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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。
We are grateful to Mr. Peter Yang who had done excellent video recordings for the performance of our Ensemble.
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.
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”
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NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble’s performance:
On August 30, our Chamber Ensemble performed three music pieces including “Ode to Joy” of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. We loved the “Ninth” because it inspires our spirits, brings hopes, stirs the longing to peace and brotherhood.
Continue reading ““Ode to Joy” — Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”
Featured Image: www.hulkshare.com Salieri – Twenty six Variations on La Folia …
I-Ling invited our members to her home for a family concert. This is to introduce her parents, visiting from Taiwan, to us and to keep our musical practices alive.
I have chosen “La Folia”, arranged by Suzuki as a violin solo piece. It is not a technically difficult violin piece. However, it is difficult to play well with the piano accompaniment because of the change of tempo and mood in each variation sections. Here is a performance from Miho Hakamata 袴田美穂（バイオリン), one of the best performances on this piece. Continue reading ““LA FOLIA” — The Most Lasting and Famous Tune in Western Music”