Be sure your student reads and listens to Today’s Daily Listening Assignment
• 1768 ~ Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1781 ~ Adolph Carl Kunzen, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1824 ~ Adolphe-Abraham Samuel, Composer
• 1826 ~ Carl Bernhard Wessely, Composer, died at the age of 57
• 1836 ~ Carlos Gomez, Composer
• 1837 ~ Paul Lacombe, Composer
• 1857 ~ Iacob Moresianu, Composer
• 1861 ~ Anton Stepanovich Arensky, Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.
• 1862 ~ Liza Nina Mary Frederica Lehmann, Composer
• 1892 ~ Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Composer
• 1897 ~ Blind Lemon Jefferson, Singer
• 1914 ~ Ahti Sonninen, Composer
• 1916 ~ Howard Brubeck, Composer
• 1920 ~ Yul Brynner (Taidje Khan), Academy & Tony Award-winning actor in The King and I
• 1925 ~ Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano
• 1925 ~ Nicolai Gedda, Swedish tenor
• 1926 ~ Rodolfo Arizaga, Composer
• 1927 ~ Herbert Blomstedt, American-born Swedish conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic from 1954 until 1961
• 1928 ~ Robert Washburn, Composer
• 1929 ~ Hermann Prey, German baritone
• 1931 ~ Thurston Harris, American vocalist
• 1931 ~ Tab Hunter (Arthur Gelien), Singer
• 1932 ~ Alex Hassilev, American vocalist with the Limeliters
• 1938 ~ Terry Garthwaite, American guitarist and singer
• 1944 ~ Bobby Rice, Singer
• 1945 ~ Debbie Harry, Singer
• 1947 ~ Jeff Hanna, Singer, guitarist with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
• 1950 ~ Patty Pointer, Singer with Pointer Sisters
• 1950 ~ Timotei Popovici, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1951 ~ Bonnie Pointer, Singer with Pointer Sisters
• 1957 ~ Peter Murphy, Singer with Bauhaus
• 1959 ~ Richie Sambora, Guitarist
• 1964 ~ 18-year-old Millie Small was riding high on the pop music charts with My Boy Lollipop. Rod Stewart played the harmonica. Millie Small was known as the ’Blue Beat Girl’ in Jamaica, her homeland.
• 1967 ~ Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition just one day after he and members Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams left The New Christy Minstrels. The First Edition hosted a syndicated TV variety show in 1972.
• 1969 ~ David Bowie released Space Oddity in the UK for the first time. It was timed to coincide with the Apollo moon landing but had to be re-released before it became a hit, later in the year in the UK (but not until 1973 in the US).
• 1969 ~ Rolling Stones released Honky Tonk Woman
• 1973 ~ Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1980 ~ Boleslaw Woytowicz, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1984 ~ Karel Mengelberg, Composer, died at the age of 81
• 1993 ~ Mario Bauza, Cuban/American jazz musician ~ died at the age of 82
• 1994 ~ Charles “Lefty” Edwards, Saxophonist, died at the age of 67
• 1994 ~ Lex P Humphries, Drummer, died at the age of 57
• 1996 ~ Louis Gottlieb, Musician, died at the age of 72
• 1999 ~ Big band jazz singer Helen Forrest died
• 2001 ~ Herman Brood, an artist and musician in the Dutch rock scene for 30 years, died at the age of 55. Brood became a sensation with his 1978 hit single Saturday Night, which he wrote as leader of the band Wild Romance. Over 25 years, he recorded nearly 20 albums. He also appeared in Dutch movies.
• 2002 ~ Blues singer Rosco Gordon died of a heart attack. He was 74. Rosco was known for 1950s hits including Booted, No More Doggin’, Do the Chicken and Just a Little Bit, which sold more than 4 million copies in covers by Etta James, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Jerry Butler. His offbeat, rhythmic style influenced the early sounds of ska and reggae after he toured the Caribbean in the late ’50s. Gordon quit the music business in the 1960s and invested his winnings from a poker game in a dry cleaning business. He started his own record label in 1969 and returned to concert performances in 1981.
“Solfeggietto” is an Italian word meaning “little study” or exercise.
The work is unusual for a keyboard piece in that the main theme is only one note being played at a time. The piece is commonly assigned to piano students and appears in many anthologies.
This piece is easily Bach’s best-known and is often performed by left-hand alone.
See if you can follow along. The notes with the stems down (even in the treble clef) are normally played with the left hand.
With just the left hand:
Are you any of these? This is the first annoying pianist. Too Humble – Solfeggietto in C minor by C.P.E. Bach