LEARNING SHOULD NEVER END!

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes

We are in the dog days of summer and hopefully you have had a chance to take your own music bath by attending local summer concerts. See the last Quarter Notes Blog for venues on Long Island to attend. Our very own Northport Community Band started their summer season July 2 with a full crowd in attendance at the beautiful Northport Harbor Park Robert W. Krueger Band Stand. Be sure to come down each Thursday in July with your chairs, blankets and picnic dinners.  Downbeat is at 8:30 p.m. for your musical bath. You will not be disappointed!

Summer is a good time to curl up with a good book but also to continue learning musical terms you might not be familiar with. In a prior Quarter Notes post, I shared a few with you. Here are a few more thanks to The Naxos Website: The World’s Leading Classical Music Group:

mesto:  (Italian: sad) used in directions to performers to indicate the mood. The slow movement of the Horn Trio by Brahms is marked “Adagio mesto”

nonet: a composition for nine performers

ondes Martenot: an electronic instrument invented by French musician Maurice Martenot which produces single sounds via a keyboard that controls the frequencies from an oscillator. It became popular among French composers including Milhaud, Honegger, Ibert, Messiaen and Boulez, among others.

passacaglia: a baroque dance variation form on a short melodic formula usually occurring in the bass. A famous example of a passacaglia is Johann Sebastian Bach’s C minor Passacaglia for the organ.

quadrille: one of the most popular ballroom dances of the 19th century, generally in a brisk duple meter. Click on the term to find a DVD which includes the quadrille from Die Fledermaus, performed by Andre Rieu and his orchestra in a live performance from Vienna. Come to the Library and check it out!

quodlibet: (Latin: what you please) is a light-hearted composition generally containing a combination of well known tunes. An example may be found in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, where the composer combines the theme of the variations with two popular songs of the time.

Our Did You Know? composer for today,  Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, was born this month on July 26, in 1791 and died July 29, 1844 from stomach cancer. Hopefully you recognize the name: he was the last of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s six children. Only two, both sons, survived infancy. Franz’ father died before Franz was six months old. He started his first piano lessons when he was five years old. One of his teachers later on was Antonio Salieri who stated the boy had “rare talent”  and predicted a career “not inferior to that of his celebrated father”. Franz, who was always called Wolfgang by his parents learned to play both the piano and violin, composed mainly chamber music and a few orchestral works, including two piano concertos. The following epitaph was etched on his tombstone: ‘May the name of his father be his epitaph, as his veneration for him was the essence of his life.’ Watch our Library’s catalog for a CD of the second piano concerto of Franz Mozart which we are ordering!

Expand your musical repertoire and come to the Library for a wonderful Friday Night Concert on July 24 at 7 p.m. The centennial birthday of ‘Ol Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, will be celebrated by the musical group Two Guys. Tickets are limited to 2 per cardholder and are going fast, so come in soon to get yours to hear your favorite songs performed.

Enjoy and remember “Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life.”

E. Susman, July 10, 2015

VETERANS, SUMMER BANDS AND MORE!

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”

–Maria Augusta von Trapp

Thank you to all of you loyal Quarter Notes Blog followers! Again, I have had to suspend posting due to a recent project I have been working on: the Veterans Testimonial Project. If any of you are veterans or know of veterans from our local Half Hollow Hills Community, please have them call me at the Library. We have been interviewing U.S. veterans and recording their military experiences. This is in collaboration with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, which has continually helped and supported me as I embarked on our Project. Our first annual reception for the participating veterans was held May 9, 2015 and what a moving and emotional event it was. Over 125 people attended with family members of all ages, high school students, and local politicians adding to the celebration. We had five bagpipers from the Nassau County Fire Pipes and Drum Corps welcome the attendees by playing military tunes as people arrived. Local high school students sang the Star Spangled Banner. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the playing of taps by a World War II Army Air Corps veteran from East Northport, Long Island. William J. Thomas, Jr., or “Blackey” as he is known, honored us with the playing of taps on his cornet at the end of the program. Blackey has played taps every day in his army uniform since he left the service in the 1940s. It was a wonderful and meaningful culmination of the program, as we honored our veterans. Check out the pictures of the festivities on our Half Hollow Hills Community Library’s website, under Veterans. You may also view some of the interviews of the vets at the same link.

But, are you surprised, that music was such a large part of our celebration? I have written here in the past about music helping people to celebrate, cope, enjoy, remember, and honor. I incorporated it throughout our veterans’ reception in May. Take a look at this link of an American World War II veteran as he shares his story of playing the trumpet for a German sniper. The powers of music never cease to amaze!

The summer band season is soon upon us. Don’t forget to stop by the beautiful local settings available to you on Long Island: the Northport Community Band concerts at lovely Northport Harbor begin July 2, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. and continue through July 30th. Please come up to the bandshell to say hi! You can find me in the front row flute section. Remember: rain at 8 no date! Next door at the Huntington Hecksher Park , you’ll find the Huntington Community Band performing every Wednesday in July at 8:30 p.m. on the Chapin Rainbow Stage in the park.

Our Did You Know? for today is on a recent birthday boy, Italian Baroque composer, Claudio Monteverdi, born May 15, 1567 in Cremona Italy and died November 29, 1643 in Venice. Monteverdi published his first collection of sacred songs at the age of 15. He is known for his operas and madrigals; he published 8 books of madrigals and a ninth was published after his death. His operas include one of the most important operas of the early 17th century: Orfeo, as well as The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland and The Coronation of Poppea. According to the San Francisco Classical Voice,  the most famous part of Poppea, a duet between Nero and Poppea in the last scene, was actually composed by someone else. Unfortunately, many of Monteverdi‘s compositions are lost, including more than 10 stage works and much sacred music.

Enjoy and remember “Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life.”

E. Susman, June 3, 2015

Happy Music

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaity to life and to everything.”–Plato

Plato, of course, was so right. Hope you enjoy reading about and hearing two different forms of what I call ‘happy music’, the first in honor of our Irish friends for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. Each year, my husband and I try to schedule trips to my hometown of Syracuse, NY to visit with my childhood friends and see either a Syracuse University football or basketball game. A few weeks ago we travelled to Syracuse for a weekend which was especially exciting. My longest friend, I refuse to say ‘oldest’ (since I was in the 2nd grade!), her husband and we love to catch up and meet at their (and now our!) favorite Irish Pub, Kitty Hoynes, which we did. My husband was so looking forward to it because his very favorite Celtic band was scheduled to play the same night we were having dinner there with our friends. The band is called Searson and is made up of outstanding musicians: Celtic fiddler, Colleen Searson, her sister, Erin,  on piano and vocals, plus a drummer and guitar player. All I could think of as we enjoyed the music was how happy it made us all in the pub; maybe the good beer had something to do with it too? Searson played with such wonderful energy, one song after another, with few and quick breaks. Each one composed by themselves. You may wonder why I include this experience in a classical music blog. Well, because Searson’s fiddle player was classically trained. You HAVE to check them out on their website. I know you will smile and start tapping your feet or clapping your hands to this very happy music. It’s unavoidable, even without the beer in hand! One more wonderful Celtic group that I just HAVE to share is Natalie MacMaster and her husband Donnell Leahy. We recently heard them live at SUNY Stony Brook here on Long Island, for the second time. Their incredibly talented young children played fiddle along with them, danced and sang. It was a night to remember. Take a look at Natalie’s website and then be on the look out for them as they tour the world. Maybe they’ll be near you. It’s a wonderful concert.

The Library has a number of Celtic recordings which you might enjoy after wetting your appetite with Searson and MacMaster. Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, try getting out of your strictly classical music, comfort zone, as I did and listen to some very Happy Music: Celtic Grace (by Aureole), Songs from the Heart or Believe (both by Celtic Woman), Voyage (by Celtic Thunder), Haunting Slow Airs from Ireland (by Kieran Fahy), The Celtic Album (Boston Pops Orchestra), to name a few.

You may not understand how a group called The Holocaust Survivors Band is included in this post of ‘happy music’. When you click on the link, you’ll see why. Klezmer music is one of my favorites because it brings home thoughts of my family’s heritage. This  Klezmer Band is amazing. PLEASE take a moment to read the article on them and listen to the brief videos. I know it’ll bring a smile to your day and quite possibly more tapping feet! As the article says “music is catharsis”, and this is one of the best examples of it. Until The Holocaust Survivors Band comes out with a CD, try checking these out at our Library: Klezmer Fiddle (DVD), My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs (CD), Songs of Our Fathers CD), or read about Klezmer in The Book of Klezmer: the History, the Music, the Folklore by Yale Strom or Klezmer!: Jewish Music From Old World to Our World by Henry Sapoznik.

Our Did You Know? for today is about Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), one of the most prolific composers of the German Baroque. His birthday is March 14, so I felt it apropos to share some interesting information about him. There didn’t seem to be any instrument Telemann couldn’t play: by the age of 12 he had taught himself three instruments. By 1712, he advertised himself as being able to play the violin, organ, harpsichord, recorder, chalumeau (early clarinet), cello, and calchedon (lute), as well as being an accomplished baritone singer. In 1714, he married the 16-year-old daughter of the city clerk in Frankfurt. They had eight sons and one daughter. Just listen to some of his works on the following CDs which you may check out at the Library and I guarantee you’ll be enchanted:  Wind Concertos, Die Ouvert uren Tafelmusik, and Concerto in A minor for recorder, viola, strings, and continuo. There are plenty more at the Library!

Enjoy and remember  “Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!”

E. Susman, March 14, 2015

A Valentine for You!

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone about their area of expertise? It’s very interesting: be it architect, teacher, engineer, computer tech, physician, dentist, printer, seamstress, the list is endless. Each one has their own language that they use naturally.  As they try to make the information understandable to the layman they’re talking to, it can’t always be done. Every subject in the world has it’s own vocabulary. Music is no different. A number of times, my husband has asked me questions after a performance. I begin to explain using terms that come naturally to any musician, then I realize from his blank stare that I need to back up and explain in more “layman’s” terms, especially when he’ll say “I have no idea what you’re talking about!”

So this post is a little Valentine’s gift to you of musical terms which you may not have heard of or if so, might not remember what they mean. Most of the following are taken from The Naxos Website: The World’s Leading Classical Music Group:

aubade: a morning song. A well known example of the Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner

cassation: of disputed origin and used principally in the 18th century in Southern Germany to describe a piece of music akin to a divertimento or serenade

giocoso: Italian for jocular, cheerful; sometimes found as part of a tempo instruction as in allegro giocoso, fast and cheerful

heldentenor: a tenor with a quality of voice suited to the heroic roles of 19th century French Grand Opera and of the music-dramas of Wagner, as in the part of Tannhauser, Wagner’s opera of that name

jota: a traditional Spanish dance, as in the Russian composer,  Glinka’s,  orchestral piece, Jota aragonesa

loure: a French dance of the 17th and 18th centuries, the name derived from a bagpipe used in Normandy. The dance is usually in 6/4 time and has been described as a slow gigue, as in Bach’s E major Partita for unaccompanied violin and in the fifth of his French Suites

If you enjoy learning less well known musical terms like these, please let me know by commenting on the blog and we’ll continue with more in my next post.

With all the cold snowy days we have had recently, you might like to add some exciting concert dates to look forward to on your spring calendar. The Library is hosting an exciting flute recital on March 22, 2015, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. You will hear winners of the annual Long Island Flute Club Competition perform. Come and be amazed at the young talent that’s out there! On Friday, May 8, 2015, at 8 p.m., at the Northport High School, the Northport Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 40  (this recording is by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra) as well as other classical favorites. Angela Wee, a high school senior, will be the featured soloist on violin. Both concerts are free of course.

Be on the look out for a new book that the Library has on order: The History of Music in Fifty Instruments, by Philip Wilkinson. This guide includes very interesting information for the full range of orchestral instruments, including the synthesizer, the instrument-makers, the composers who wrote for the instruments and the virtuoso musicians who played them. My only complaint with it is that a person who plays the flute (as in Moi!), is referred to as a “Flautist”. People who know me, know I,  as well as better known flutists, such as James Galway, much prefer “Flutist” be used. It is in fact, more generally acceptable by most. After all, we play the FLUTE not the FLAUTE!!

Many well known composers were born in February: Fritz Kreisler, 2/2/1875; Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 2/3/1809; Alban Berg, 2/9/1885; Michael Praetorius, 2/15/1571, Arcangelo Corelli, 2/17/1653, Luigi Boccherini, 2/19/1742; Andres Segovia, 2/21/1893; George Frideric Handel, 2/23/1685; and Anton Reicha, 2/26/1770, to name just a few.

So our Do You Know? is about birthday boy Felix Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy) (1809-1847), born into the Jewish faith.  The parenthesis around Bartholdy are intentional: in 1816, Mendelssohn and his siblings were secretly baptized as Protestants and his parents converted to Christianity in 1822, adding “Bartholdy” to the family name. This, most likely, was due to renewed anti-Semitism in Germany at the time, as German nationalism was spreading. Mendelssohn’s grandfather was the famous philosopher, Moses Mendelssohn. A child prodigy, Mendelssohn performed as a pianist, organist, and conductor, giving his first public performance at the age of 9. Robert Schumann called Mendelssohn “The Mozart of the Nineteenth Century”. For those of us who love his symphonies, I found it interesting to learn that his five symphonies are numbered by their order of publication, not composition. The real order is: Symphony in C Minor, 1824 (No. 1), “Reformation” Symphony, 1830 (No. 5), “Italian” Symphony, 1833 (No. 4), “Lobgesang” (Hymn of Praise), 1840 (No. 2) and “Scottish”, 1842 (No. 3). His music melds influences from both the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy his Complete String Quartets, performed in this recording by the Emerson String Quartet or his well known Octet op. 20 for Strings performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Actually, the Octet may be found on both recordings I just listed. Why not treat yourself to checking them both out and compare the performances of both of these very acclaimed groups? One more suggestion especially during these winter months: snuggle up with a musical fiction book: Mendelssohn Is On the Roof by Jiri Weill (translated from the Czech by Marie Winn). It’s considered a ‘Holocaust novel’.

Hope you have a warm, happy and above all, musical, Valentine’s Day!

“Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!”

E. Susman, February 2015

Telling Stories

The Quarter Notes Blog has been on a brief mandatory hiatus due to medical issues. But we’re finally back in the swing and hope you haven’t missed reading new posts about classical music too much. This post will bring you many different stories, not an end of year round-up, but various stories about music to start your 2015 off right. Why, you say, ‘right’? Well for a number of reasons: libraries, where I’ve worked for over 35 years, are full of stories, so I feel it’s my duty to promote reading of stories. Then, my other life is music.  There are so many interesting stories about composers’ lives, the power of music, how music can save lives, how amateur musicians are discovered, how music contributes to lives of the old and young throughout the ages, and on and on. So in my blog of today, I’d like to wet your appetite for being on the lookout for stories you’d like to learn more about, read about and share with your family and friends.

First, my own little story:

It seems fitting to come back to The Quarter Notes following the anniversary of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s birthday (baptized December 17, 1770 in Vienna – died March 26, 1827). I was listening to my classical music station, WSHU, coming to work recently and found myself singing along to the Cello Sonata, No. 3 in A Major Opus 69 by Beethoven that I had heard for the first time as a music student in college. I couldn’t help myself and so thoroughly enjoyed hearing it, I found myself driving slower to be able to hear the end before I had to park and rush into work. It was a recording of Alfred Brendel on piano with his son Adrian Brendel on cello and it was gorgeous. This too brought back memories of my Dad accompanying me on the piano while I performed on the flute at various recitals throughout my youth. Recently,  in preparation for a huge dedication concert of the new auditorium on January 10, 2015, at Northport High School (at 2 pm free and open to the public to attend, you won’t be disappointed!) renaming it for our beloved Northport Community Band Director, Robert W. Krueger who passed away in 2013, I had another moving classical music moment. The Northport Symphony Orchestra, of which I am a charter member, was rehearsing with the Northport High School chamber orchestra for this January concert. I took my place in between the two students playing flute. I shared the first flute part with a lovely junior in the high school, who when I asked, told me she wanted to major in music in college. She played very well with a clear and pretty sound, secure in the rhythms and with musicality. I could have hugged her. Here was a teenager enjoying the Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni as much as I was. She wants to major in music performance and I told her no matter what she may end up doing in life, she will always have that incredible talent, musical education and love of music that can never be taken away. She agreed and said something to the effect that: “Music is just so wonderful and is a way of life.”  Yes! Now if we could only get everyone exposed to classical music, perhaps we would have a much more peaceful, loving world…..

Again, I must share a special personal musical event: the Long Island Flute Club has been playing December holiday concerts for years at Old Westbury Gardens here on Long Island. Last month, we played our program to the largest, standing room only crowd ever. Think of a concert of piccolos, C flutes, alto flutes and bass flutes (19 total!!) playing holiday music in an old mansion. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’d appreciate the angelic sound of it all and go away humming.

Music keeps everyone “Alive & Kickin”, coming to NYC to perform:

Everyone who knows me, always looks out for articles, books, recordings, etc. I might be interested in that relate to music. A friend recently pointed out a wonderful story that was broadcast on 60 Minutes on January 4, 2015. You must view the entire story and prepare to be moved by the talent and even more so by the performers’ stories. After you watch it all, there must be no doubt in your mind the power of music and stories.

Have you read the story about Chopin’s heart???? Who knew? Read and be amazed.

Lastly, another story, close to my heart because it tells the story of a Holocaust survivor whose life was spared: he and his father were musicians. Check out his story in the news report: “Holocaust Survivor’s Gift”.  For the full text of the story, come to the Library and see the January 5, 2015 edition of Newsday, our Long Island paper, page A13.

It is good to be back doing The Quarter Notes. Hope 2015 will be a year of beautiful music, stories, family and peace for all of you. Remember to:

“Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!”

E. Susman

January 2015

 

 

Happy Musical Halloween

“HALLOWEEN: a magical and mysterious holiday all full of surprises in which, amongst treats and tricks, fear and horror turn into joy and play.” –Jean Paul Malfatti

Last October, 2013, the Quarter Notes Blog shared some typical classics often associated with Halloween. Since Halloween is only a few weeks away, I’d like to suggest a few more well-known pieces to share with your children and grandchildren as well as reminding you of the ones you must be familiar with from my last Halloween post. All of them have either a spooky, macabre, mysterious or scary feel to them, often ‘full of surprises’ which young people enjoy. They are standards in classical music and played often, something that would help familiarize one’s ear to ‘popular’ classical works. As always, I’ve made them links so you can find them easily in your library or order them from other local libraries:

Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from Psycho (yes, the 1960 film!), Gyorgy Ligeti’s Requiem (used in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey“) as well as the favorites Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique – Dreams of a Witches’ Sabbath and March to the Scaffold, Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (Adagio – Stanley Kubrick used it in the soundtrack to his horror film The Shining), Liszt’s Totentanz (“Dance of the Dead”),  Rachmaninov’s The Isle of the Dead,  J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor, Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Orff’s Carmina Burana. View this excerpt of a huge production of Carmina Burana with Andre Rieu; maybe it’ll wet your appetite to check out the full length DVD we have at the Library.

Our Did You Know? for today is about Franz Liszt, (born 9 days before Halloween!), October 22, 1811 – July 31,  1886. Although Liszt was born in Hungary, and considered himself an ardent Hungarian nationalist, he grew up speaking German and was unable to speak much Hungarian. His eventual preferred language was French. Liszt was a superstar during his day, revolutionizing the art of piano playing, and was also known for inventing the art of interpretive conducting.  Liszt’s talents were noticed by the age of 6 by his musician father; he was giving public concerts by 9 years old. One of his children, Cosima, became the wife of composer Richard Wagner. Liszt transcribed Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique for piano 11 years before the full orchestral score was published.

Hope to see you at the Long Island Flute Club Professional Flute Choir Concert on October 26, 2014, at the Patchogue Medford Library at 2:30 pm.

Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman, October, 2014

An Anniversary!

           “God Bless America……land that I love.”  —from the song, God Bless America, written by Irving Berlin, 1918. Originally God Bless America almost became our national anthem, over the Star Spangled Banner. It is our unofficial secondary national anthem.

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. What better place to honor it, than in a music blog? For those of you unaware of U.S. history during the time of the Star Spangled Banner,  here is a little bit of background. The U.S. declared war on Britain (War of 1812) in June 1812 after a series of trade disagreements. British troops invaded Washington, D.C. in August 1814, burning the White House, Capitol Building and the Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore, Maryland. The British bombarded Fort McHenry, MD., but were unable to destroy the fort and gave up. Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), a lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., who later was appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, was so relieved to see the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry on September 14, 1814, he wrote a few lines in tribute to what he had seen. The poem was set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven” by composer John Stafford Smith. President Woodrow Wilson announced in 1916 that it should be played at all official events. It was adopted as the national anthem on March 3, 1931.

Your Library has much more for you to read and listen to concerning our national anthem:

Oscar Sonneck, the first Chief of the Division of Music of the Library of Congress, wrote the book Report on the Star-Spangled Banner, Hail Columbia, America & Yankee Doodle in 1909. Your Library’s copy is a reprint of this very interesting, yet brief, book and might just answer all your questions about our national anthem. If this wets your appetite, you might also like to read: The Flag, the Poet and the Song: the Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Irvin Molotsky, Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation by Steve Vogel, The Star-Spangled Banner by Oscar Sonneck, or A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love, compiled by Caroline Kennedy. National Anthems of the World is a collection of songs in their original language as well as with a transliterated phonetic version. Historical notes are also included. Along with the book, you might enjoy listening to these CDS:, World Anthems, performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and Enduring Freedom: America’s Greatest Hits performed by various well known orchestras and U.S. military groups. For those instrumentalists among us, we have the sheet music for you to practice: National Anthems from Around the World: the Official National Anthems, Flags, and Anthem Histories from 56 Countries and a documentary DVD by the History Channel which will help make our country’s history even clearer: The War of 1812.

I recently read a very disturbing article from The Telegraph, a UK publication, published in November 2013, quoting the Queen’s official composer, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, at the time, concerning children, their education and the lack of classical music in it. It’s not just in our educational system where learning classical music instruction is sparse. I share this with you, my fellow classical music lovers, since the school year has just started. Students will (hopefully) continue to play in their school music groups, or, will be just starting to learn an instrument. I’ve highlighted local music groups in The Quarter Notes Blog in the past where concerts are often free. Please take advantage of these and expose your children and grandchildren to these events. Ask them to play their instrument for you, play classical music in your home when they are there or in the car. We must keep it alive. The quality of our culture depends on it.

Our Do You Know? of today’s post is about “The Dean of American Composers” according to the San Francisco Classical Voice, Aaron Copland (1900-1990). I chose Copland since we’ve been learning about our national anthem and the War of 1812 in this post. Copland was born in Brooklyn, NY and died in North Tarrytown, NY. He wrote a number of works which are staples of the orchestra repertoire including: Fanfare for the Common Man, A Lincoln Portrait and his Symphony No. 3. He included American folk music in his well known ballets: Billy the Kid, Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. Although he kept his private life to himself, he never hid his homosexuality, and lived on and off with the photographer Victor Kraft in the 1930s.

Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman, September, 2014