The Week in Hope-Inspiring Spontaneous Music Online, Op. 4

April 8, 2020, 5:17 PM · With symphony performances almost universally on hiatus, we are also going to put "The Week in Reviews" on hold and instead bring you a weekly roundup of performances to be found online. With so many people told to stay at home and keep a distance, artists around the world have been posting videos of spontaneous music performances and more. We invite you to also share your links to the most inspiring, comforting or humorous musical content you've found online during this time, so that we can all benefit from the power of music.

From violinists Chee-Yun and Jing Wang, and pianist Jonathan Tsay. "Even though we’re thousands of miles apart, music can make us feel like we’re in one room," Chee-Yun said.

Wang wrote a poem to go with the piece:

Quarantina, Op. 1

Roses are flowers,
Blue is a color,
Love is a construct,
Music is the motor.

Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same,
When we turn off the light.

The walls are made of songs,
The floor dances,
Love, colors and music,
Shall share the same forces.

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People seem to be discovering an app called Acapella that allows you to harmonize with yourself and do the following kind of video that New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Couch Concerts presented with violinist Minji Kwon, who played both parts of Leclair's Sonata for Two Violins in E Minor, mvts. 1 & 3:

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Los Angeles violinist Christian Fatu and pianist Victoria Fatu, a married team called the FA2 Duo, gave this concert in their living room, of pieces by Enescu and Vitali:

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Need to entertain the kids? This arrangement certainly made me smile: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra violinist Charles Morey plays around with musical themes from Jaws and Baby Shark (nice LH pizz and other tricks in there, too!):

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And how about 40 Violists from around the world playing Bach Suite No. 1 Prelude, one bar each - see anyone you know?

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And to conclude this week, some Bach -- cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been performing #36DaysOfBach, here is her Day 22 recording from Tuesday: the beautiful Sarabande from Suite No. 4:

If you would like to share links to performances you have found, please do so in the comments or e-mail me to include in next week's edition. Keep calm, keep your distance, wash your hands, and practice and listen to good music!

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April 9, 2020 at 03:33 PM · Does anyone know of an android equivalent of the Acapella app? There seems to be one with the same name, but reviews suggest that it's completely different.

Thank you!


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