Paul Hindemith Conducting Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith was one of the most important composers of the beginning 20th century. Watch this video where he is conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing one of his own compositions, the Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Op. 50.

Glenn Gould Performing Prelude in C Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

In this little video clip Glenn Gould plays Prelude in C minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach. This clip is an extract from the movie “32 Short Clips about Glenn Gould” and is published on youtube.
Glenn Gould is very famous for his interpretations of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach who wrote a huge amount of compositions for piano solo, with the orchestra and for other ensembles of instruments in different combinations.
The video clip doesn’t show Glenn Gould performing, instead you can see how the different parts of a piano move as Glenn Gould’s interpretation of the tune is sounding.

The Kronos Quartet Performing the Jimi Hendrix Tune Foxy Lady

This video features the Kronos Quartet performing a classic Jimi Hendrix song called Foxy Lady. The Kronos Quartet is a musical ensemble of four young musicians who play string instruments. They all have studied a classical concert music instrumentalist career but have joined in this quartet with the goal to perform not only the repertoir of typical concert music string quartets. Instead, they are also performing compositions and arrangements from other musical environments besides the mandatory classical set of compositions.
In this little clip they have chosen a piece by rock star and electric guitar playing pioneer Jimi Hendrix called Foxy Lady. This is not the only piece of Jimi Hendrix interpreted by the Kronos Quartet, they also perform his tune Purple Haze (and maybe some more, so far I’ve found the two mentioned ones on youtube).
Jimi Hendrix was the most important rock guitar player of his time and has contributed strongly to the evolution of the possibilities of the electric guitar sound. He is well known for his appearance on the Woodstock festival where he performed the Star Spangled Banner, the north american national anthem, in his very own style, being a part of the love and peace movement and producing sounds with his guitar that imitated the falling american bombs over Vietnam.

The Nightingale Written by Alban Berg Performed by Anne Sofie von Otter

This video features female soprano singer Anne Sofie von Otter performing The Nightingale, the third song of Alban Berg’s composition Sieben Frühe Lieder (Seven Early Songs). Alban Berg is an austrian composer who together with Anton Webern studied with Arnold Schönberg. Schönberg showed them the rules of modern twelve tone music but Alban Berg developed his own style, combining the twelve tone techniques with more traditional musical forms from earlier centuries.
The most known composition of Alban Berg are probably Lulu and Woyzeck, two operas which stand in the atonal tradition. Atonality was the logical consequence of the evolution of western concert music which can be regarded as the progressive acceptance of formerly not accepted notes in the harmonic context of a composition.

Ivry Gitlis Performing the Violin Solo Sonata by Bela Bartok

This video shows Ivry Gitlis, a phenomenal violin player, performing Bela Bartok’s sonata for solo violin. Many people can’t afford this piece (and some more of the compositions written by Bela Bartok) and even think that the violin player is playing out of tune. This happens because this sonata for violin includes microtonalities which means that the composer’s material is not limited to the well known twelve tones of the tempered piano tuning but also include more tones in between the standard twelve notes. Here the space between one note and the following one on the piano is subdivided into more subtle intervals. Naturally this kind of tune cannot be played on an accoustic piano while some synthesizers and keyboards do have a ‘bend wheel’ which would allow to play this piece.
Bela Bartok can be regarded as the most important hungarian composer and has an extensive oevre with compositions for many kinds of symphonic and chamber orchestras as well as for solo instruments. He also put special emphasis on the percussion instruments. His works for piano Microcosmos and Macrocosmos are mandatory repertoire for the beginning and advanced classical piano performer. In these and other compositions Bela Bartok recovers many hungarian, romanian and other folk tunes, treating and integrating them into the concert music repertoire.

Listen to Piano Player Bill Evans Talking about Improvisation and More

This is a video clip with an interview of well known jazz piano player Bill Evans from 1966. Listen to this musician talking about what he calls the jazz process, considering jazz as a style. It’s interesting that Bill Evans considers jazz as more a creative process than a style, since it is recovering the essence of improvisation that had already been present in the classical or concert music from the 17th century.
He also points out that in this process the composer and time have a one on one relation while for concert music composition the composer might write in one minute something that will take several minutes to play it or vice versa.
According to Bill Evans, the art of music is the capability to speak with creative spontanity. The jazz musician must be concentrated on the moment, the moment has to be shaped by intention and requires the jazz musician to be there with all of his energy while the whole, the complete composition is the product of a series of creative moments.