I’m running late today…again!
“Sakura Sakura”, also known as “Sakura”, is a traditional Japanese folk song depicting spring, the season of cherry blossoms. It is often sung or played in international settings as a song representative of Japan.
On a koto
piano from Piano Adventures book 3A
Today’s piece is the one that all kids seem to be able to teach each other without having any lessons at all.
“Chopsticks” (original name “The Celebrated Chop Waltz”) is a simple, widely known waltz for the piano. Written in 1877, it is the only published piece by the British composer Euphemia Allen (under the pseudonym Arthur de Lulli).
Allen, whose brother was a music publisher, was sixteen when she composed the piece, with arrangements for solo and duet.
A super-easy version
Duet (I have the sheet music!)
Chopsticks Rag for three
Insane piano version
Be sure your student reads and listens to Today’s Daily Listening Assignment
• 1738 ~ Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Composer, died at the age of 84
• 1779 ~ Clement Moore, Lyricist, author of ’Twas the Night before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas) born
• 1782 ~ Farinelli, Italian singer, died at the age of 77
• 1782 ~ Richard Wainwright, Composer, died at the age of 33
• 1789 ~ Jacques Duphly, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1795 ~ Marseillaise became the French national anthem
• 1798 ~ Gaetano Pugnani, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1810 ~ Jean-Baptiste Rey, Composer, died at the age of 75
• 1854 ~ Wincenty Studzinski, Composer, died at the age of 39
• 1905 ~ Dorothy Fields born, Composer, lyricist with Cy Coleman of Sweet Charity and Seesaw; with Jimmy McHugh – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, I’m in the Mood for Love and On the Sunny Side of the Street. She was the daughter of comedian Lew Fields
• 1913 ~ Cowboy (Lloyd) Copas born. He was a country singer who was killed in a plane crash with singer, Patsy Cline
• 1915 ~ Ludwik Grossman, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1929 ~ Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Austrian author and librettist, died. He was best known for his collaboration with composer Richard Strauss for whom he wrote the libretto to the opera “Der Rosenkavelier.”
• 1930 ~ Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, died
• 1933 ~ Julian Bream, British guitarist and lutenist
• 1934 ~ Harrison Birtwistle, British composer
• 1940 ~ Tommy Dee (Thomas Donaldson) Singer and record company executive
• 1942 ~ Glenn Miller and his band recorded the classic Jukebox Saturday Night for Victor Records.
• 1944 ~ Millie Jackson, Rhythm and Blues Singer
• 1945 ~ Peter Lewis, Guitarist, singer with Moby Grape
• 1946 ~ Linda Ronstadt, American singer of rock and popular music
• 1949 ~ “Miss Liberty” opened at Imperial Theater New York City for 308 performances
• 1952 ~ Singer Patti Page made her TV debut in a summer replacement series for Perry Como. The 15-minute program spotlighted Patti three times each week on CBS.
• 1960 ~ Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, baritone, died after surgery at 63
• 1966 ~ Singer Percy Sledge earned a gold record for When a Man Loves A Woman. It was his only song to make it to number one (5/28/66) and the only one of five to break into the top ten.
• 1967 ~ “Sweet Charity” closed at Palace Theater New York City after 608 performances
• 1972 ~ Elton John landed at the top spot on the Billboard album chart for the first time as Honky Chateau made it to the top for a five-week stay.
• 1978 ~ Bob Dylan performed before the largest open-air concert audience (for a single artist). Some 200,000 fans turned out to hear Dylan at Blackbushe Airport in England.
• 1980 ~ Henri Martelli, Composer, died at the age of 85
• 1982 ~ Bill (William E.) Justis (Jr.) passed away
• 1983 ~ Linda Ronstadt debuted as Mabel “Pirates of Penzance”
• 1984 ~ John Lennon released I’m Stepping Out
• 2000 ~ Canadian baritone Louis Quilico, who sang many of the most famous opera roles, died after complications from surgery. He was 75.
• 2000 ~ Singer Paul Young, who found fame with the band Mike and the Mechanics, died from what might have been a heart attack at the age of 53. The band just finished recording their fifth album and had planned to tour Europe this month.
• 2001 ~ Denes Koromzay, a violist who helped found the Hungarian String Quartet, died at the age of 88. Koromzay studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest when composer Béla Bartók was on the faculty. Though trained as a violinist, Koromzay was the violist in the group that founded the Hungarian String Quartet in 1935. He remained with the famed ensemble until it disbanded in 1972. For the next seven years, he performed with the New Hungarian Quartet, an ensemble at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Koromzay moved to Boulder in 1962, when the Hungarian String Quartet was named resident ensemble at the University of Colorado. He returned to the university to teach viola and coach chamber music in 1980. He retired from the school in 1996.
“The Entertainer” is a 1902 classic piano rag written by Scott Joplin. It was sold first as sheet music, and in the 1910s as piano rolls that would play on player pianos.
It was used as the theme music for the 1973 Oscar-winning film The Sting by composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch.
The Sting was set in the 1930s, a full generation after the end of ragtime’s mainstream popularity, thus giving the inaccurate impression that ragtime music was popular at that time.
Find the sheet music in a variety of levels including Songs I Love to Play, Volume 1 and Alfred Premier Piano Course Book 4. It’s also available in Piano Maestro and to borrow from the O’Connor Music Studio
As played in The Sting
On an older piano
Harder than it needs to be
From a 4-year-old
Violin and piano
Miss Piggy sang The Entertainer
And, everyone’s favorite – the ice cream truck!
Be sure your student reads and listens to Today’s Daily Listening Assignment
• 1789 ~Bastille Day (France) This was the day the French Revolution began — at the fall of the Bastille. It is still celebrated in many countries throughout the world and is a public holiday in France; generally called Bastille Day or Fete National. It is considered the day freedom was born in France.
• 1707 ~ Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary, Composer
• 1788 ~ Johann Gottfried Muthel, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1803 ~ Esteban Salas y Castro, Composer, died
• 1839 ~ Edward Sydney Smith, Composer
• 1844 ~ Oscar Beringer, Pianist
• 1854 ~ Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, Composer
• 1855 ~ Richard Samuel Hughes, Composer
• 1873 ~ Ferdinand David, Dutch violinist and composer, died at the age of 63
• 1883 ~ Alexandru Zirra, Composer
• 1895 ~ Alexander Ewing, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1901 ~ Gerald Raphael Finzi, British composer
• 1906 ~ Arthur James Bramwell Hutchings, Composer
• 1908 ~ William Mason, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1910 ~ Peter Stadlen, Pianist, critic
• 1912 ~ Woody (Woodrow Wilson) Guthrie born. He was the ‘father of modern American folk music’, American folk singer, songwriter of more than 1,000 original songs and author and father of folk singer Arlo Guthrie
• 1917 ~ Arthur Leavins, Violinist
• 1922 ~ Peter Andrew Tranchell, Composer
• 1923 ~ Louis Ganne, Composer, died at the age of 61
• 1925 ~ Luis Antonio Escobar, Composer
• 1926 ~ Jan Krenz, Composer
• 1927 ~ Alexander Popov, Bulgarian composer
• 1928 ~ Ole Schmidt, Composer
• 1929 ~ George Alan Dawson, Jazz drummer, teacher
• 1930 ~ Eric Norman Stokes, Composer
• 1930 ~ Polly Bergen, Pop Singer
• 1933 ~ Del (Franklin Delano) Reeves, Singer, guitarist
• 1942 ~ Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly sang their last duet together as they recorded the famous Brazil with the Jimmy Dorsey band.
• 1945 ~ Peter James Leonard Klatzow, Composer
• 1951 ~ “Courtin’ Time” closed at National Theater New York City after 37 performances
• 1951 ~ “Make a Wish” closed at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 102 performances
• 1952 ~ George Louis Francis Lewis, Composer
• 1956 ~ Jaroslav Ridky, Composer, died at the age of 58
• 1962 ~ Bobby Vinton’s Roses are Red became the top song in the U.S. The song stayed at the top for four weeks and was the first of four #1 hits for Vinton. The others were: Blue Velvet, There! I’ve Said It Again and Mr. Lonely. Roses are Red was also Vinton’s first million-seller. He had two others: I Love How You Love Me (#9 in 1968) and My Melody of Love (#3 in 1974.)
• 1973 ~ Clarence White, Guitarist with the Byrds, killed by a car
• 1973 ~ Phil Everly stormed off stage declaring an end to Everly Brothers
• 1975 ~ Tameka Cottle, Rock Singer
• 1975 ~ Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer, died at the age of 77
• 1982 ~ George Amadee Tremblay, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1984 ~ Philippe Wynne, American soul singer, died at the age of 43
• 1986 ~ Paul McCartney released “Press”
• 1996 ~ “How To Succeed Business…” closed at Richard Rodgers New York City after 548 performances
• 1996 ~ “Thousand Clowns” opened at Criterion Theater New York City for 32 performances
• 2001 ~ Norman Singer, a teacher and director of several music organizations in New York City, died at the age of 80. Singer began his career in the arts in 1948 as a psychology and sociology teacher at the Juilliard School. Dance played a major role in programming when Singer served as executive director of the City Center of Music and Drama from 1968 to 1975. He was the executive director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1975 until his retirement in 1981.