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.