Beauty’s Aquarium: How Beauty and the Beast was Inspired by The Carnival of the Animals

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Happy Friday! On deck for today: a film/classical mash-up of Beauty and the Beast and “Aquarium” from Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals. But first, some background. The Carnival of the Animals In 1886, French composer (and organist/pianist/conductor) Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) composed and premiered his fun and humorous chamber work The Carnival of the Animals. Each of the 14 […]

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Beethoven and Star Wars Part 2: The Funeral Imperial March

As you may know, classical music of all kinds inspired composer John Williams as he wrote the Star Wars score. But what I’m really interested in is how master composer Beethoven exerted his influence on a galaxy far far away. Because there’s so much wonderful music to discuss in regards to the Star Wars score, […]

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O Come All Ye Faithful: A History (and FREE piano sheet music!)

O Come All Ye Faithful

Merry Christmas! Yes I know it’s still November, but I believe Jesus’s birth is something to be thankful for. 🙂 I’m celebrating a lot of things right now including (but not limited to) Thanksgiving, Christmas, family, and the opportunity to do what I love all the time – learn and write about, compose, and perform […]

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I Stand All Amazed/Oh It Is Wonderful

My heart is heavy. There has been much in the news lately to cause distress regarding human nature, and it’s shocked and saddened me. In response to those actions of hate, I’ve turned to music. Specifically, church hymns. *Disclaimer: I understand and respect that not everyone is religious. I really do. All I ask is […]

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Silent Night: A History (and FREE piano sheet music!)

Silent Night History

One of my favorite Christmas carols is Silent Night. I love the way the lyrics describe the nativity scene, and the music itself is quite beautiful. This led me to wonder about the history of the song. If you liked my arrangement, click here to download the sheet music for free! The very first performance of Silent Night […]

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Finlandia: A Poem of Protest

Finlandia: A Poem of Protest

In 1808, the Russian Empire marched into Finland and overthrew its Swedish rule. By the end of 1809, Finland had become subject to Russian rule and remained so until 1917. I certainly wouldn’t be happy if the Russian Empire declared itself ruler over my country, so it’s no surprise that Finland wasn’t very happy either. […]

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