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Tuesday, April 07 2020 00:00

Day 2: Toccatina by Kabalevsky

Pianist age 11 plays Toccatina by Kabalevsky

Russian composer Dimitry Kabalevsky lived from 1904 – 1987. His father was a mathematician and wanted him to be one too, but he was drawn very strongly to music. He wrote symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber works, songs, theatre, film scores, and many popular pieces. During the 1930s, as movies began to have sound, he wrote film music too.

But his biggest contribution to the world of music-making was his music for children. When working as a piano teacher he felt that there wasn’t enough good music for children learning piano. So he set out to write easy music that had appropriate technical challenges for students, but at the same time would be interesting and help develop children’s musical sensitivity. This Toccatina is one of those pieces.

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