Jan. 7-Jan 13: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to another new year of listening activities!  Here is a fun new years performance by Russian pianist, Denis Matsuev.  He begins with a little tune you may have heard before, then weaves it into many famous pieces of music.  For any parents listening along, you may catch a small snippet of the iconic Nokia ringtone in a waltz-like style near the beginning.  Enjoy!


  • Although the main theme sounds different in each variation, you can tell that it is still there.  Describe a few ways the theme changes throughout.  How does it sound different?
  • One of the four pieces below was not used in Matsuev's performance.  Can you tell which one?  You only need to listen to a little bit of the opening of each one to tell.