Tuesday September 28th, 2010

Kyle H.: Chopin’s Étude Op.25 No.9

[anti-rclick] Kyle H. plays Chopin’s Étude Op.25 No.9. Kyle H. 彈奏蕭邦的練習曲, Op.25, No.9。 [qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/video/kyle.m4v 480 360] [ad#Google Adsense]
Saturday September 25th, 2010

Jeannette L.: Chopin’s Mazurka Op.24 No.2

[anti-rclick]Audio 錄音 Jeannette L. plays Chopin’s Mazurka Op.24 No.2. Jeannette Liu 彈奏蕭邦的瑪祖卡舞曲 Op.24, No.2. [Audio: http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/jeannettemazurka.mp3] [ad#Google Adsense]
Friday September 24th, 2010

Cherrie Hui: Copland’s “Cat & Mouse”

[anti-rclick]Cherrie Hui plays Aaron Copland’s “Le Chat Et La Souris” (“The Cat and The Mouse”). [qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/video/cherriecat.m4v 480 272] [ad#Google Adsense]
Friday September 24th, 2010

Selected Student Video Recordings

[anti-rclick] More student performance videos here! Great improvement, everyone! 1. Clive Ngai: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op.101, First Movement 2. MaiKhoi Hua: J.S.Bach’s Prelude in C […]
Friday September 24th, 2010

Preparing For A Performance or An Exam (Part III)

[anti-rclick] For the very day of your recital or exam, you should decide beforehand what you would wear. This seems to be a rather trivial […]
Wednesday September 22nd, 2010

Preparing For A Performance or An Exam (Part II)

[anti-rclick] The first thing you have to consider seriously is the selection of the piece(s) in your program. i.e. repertoire. Certainly you should choose what […]
Monday September 20th, 2010

Preparing For A Performance or An Exam (Part I)

[anti-rclick] You feel anxious when it is your turn to perform, in an exam or a recital. This is perfectly normal, but have you thought […]
Saturday September 18th, 2010

Clive Ngai: Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 101, First Movement

[anti-rclick]Clive Ngai plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op.101, first movement. [qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/video/clivebee1011.m4v 480 360] Also watch Clive Ngai plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A Major, Op.101, 4th […]
Saturday September 18th, 2010

Julian Cheng: Greensleeves

[anti-rclick]Julian Cheng plays the classic tune “Greensleeves”. Nicely done, Julian! [qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/video/juliangreen.m4v 480 360] [ad#Google Adsense]
Saturday September 18th, 2010

Walter Chan: “Can-Can Dance”

[anti-rclick]Walter Chan plays the (in)famous “Can-Can Dance”. [qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/video/waltercancan.m4v 480 360] [ad#Google Adsense]
Thursday September 16th, 2010

Welcome to My Website!

[anti-rclick]請看我的歡迎短片! Please watch my welcome video here! [qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/video/welcometalk.m4v 480 360] Background music: “Una Canzone Allegra” (A Happy Song) by Teresa Wong [ad#Google Adsense]
Wednesday September 15th, 2010

鋼琴是用鋼造的嗎?

[anti-rclick]我歡迎學生和音樂友好投稿有關鋼琴音樂的文章,與讀者分享音樂知識。以下是由 Peter Ngan 提供的有趣文章: 鋼琴是用鋼造的嗎?為什麼鋼琴叫「鋼」琴呢?她很重,一部小型三角琴閒閒地都要三百多公斤重;有多少是用鋼造的呢? 她有一個堅固的身體, 多數是堅硬的楓木(maple) 或櫸木(beech);如果你看見一部紅色的琴,那麼她是由桃花心木 (mahogany) 所造。堅固的身體是要讓她不會產生無謂的共鳴,把琴絃震動的能量都吸走了。我們要把琴絃震動的能量留給共鳴板(soundboard),讓他把震動能量散射到空氣中,那就是琴聲了。所以,共鳴板對琴聲有決定性的影響。 提到共鳴板,那是一塊又大又平呈淺黃色的雲杉木(spruce) 安裝在弦的底下。你會見到他有一條條緊密整齊的直紋,那是雲杉樹幹用徑切法(quartersawn) ,令樹木的年輪整齊地排在一個平面上而成。由於雲杉木堅硬而輕巧,被廣泛用於不同樂器的共鳴板之中,包括:吉他、小提琴等。 到底一部鋼琴有多少部份是由鋼造的呢?揭開琴蓋,我們可以看見有數以百計的琴弦繫於一個大金屬架上。這個金屬架會不會就是傳說中鋼琴的鋼鐵部份呢?很抱歉,那是鑄鐵來的。鑄鐵會不會是就是鋼鐵花巧一些的名稱啊?呵呵呵…我們知道在煉鐵時加入一些碳可以令鐵變得更堅硬,這也就是合金的一種。碳越多,越堅硬,但會變得越脆(brittle) 。碳含量介乎0.2-2.1%的合金就是鋼了。鋼有彈性(ductile),那絕不是造這個架的材料。我們需要一個堅硬到即使受著數以噸計的拉力仍然不會稍稍變形的物料來造這個弦架。讀者們,那是數百條的弦緊緊地繫在架上,很要命的呀!如果弦架在調音時因為一條弦張力的改變而變形就會影響到其餘數百條弦的張力了,那麼我們永世也不能調好一這個琴。鋼琴(pianoforte) 的前身古鋼琴(fortepiano) 的弦架用木造,不能承受太大的拉力,不能用太多和較粗的弦,也較易變形,所以音準和音量都比較差。李斯特就經常彈爛琴,在演出時要預備一個後備琴。那麼鑄鐵是什麼呢?鑄鐵是含碳介乎2.1-4%,含硅1-3%的鐵合金。由於極度堅硬易碎,必須原件鑄造。我們不可鑄成後再改變其形狀,否則它會碎裂。他就如此的倔強,造就了一個弦架。 說了那麼久,還是找不到鋼鐵的蹤跡。你不累,我都累了。在這裡打住,你一定不會放過我的。好!我就告訴你吧。我們在鋼琴中所能夠找到用鋼造的主要部件就只有琴弦。不是説鋼有彈性嗎?這就恰恰是琴弦所需要的其中一個特性了。不過說鋼琴之所以叫「鋼」琴是因為她的弦用鋼造,真的有點兒那個。若然如此,小提琴呀、吉他呀也要叫做「鋼」琴了。 我估計那是因為鋼琴傳入中國時,正是鋼鐵大行其道之時,一些舶來品都很易冠上一個鋼字。問問鋼筆為什麼叫鋼筆吧;我們不是在十年前都爭著在尾部加上一個 “.com” 嗎? 揭開琴蓋,我們可以看見有數以百計的琴弦繫於一個大金屬架上,這個金屬架就是由鑄鐵所造。 共鳴板(Soundboard)是一塊又大又平呈淺黃色的雲杉木(Spruce)安裝在弦的底下。細心觀看可以看見一條條平行的木紋。平行的木紋是樹幹用 Quarter Sawing […]
Wednesday September 15th, 2010

My First Piano Technique Video

[anti-rclick]This is my first try of recording a technique video with demonstration and especially verbal explanation! It takes a lot of time to set up […]
Tuesday September 14th, 2010

Teresa Wong: Improvisation I

[anti-rclick]This is a little piece of my improvisation. [qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/video/ImprovisationI.m4v 480 360] [ad#Google Adsense]
Sunday September 12th, 2010

Mae-Z Fam: Clementi’s Sonatina Op.36 No.3

[anti-rclick]Mae-Z Fam plays the first movement of Clementi’s Sonatina Op. 36, no. 3 in C major. This is Mae-Z’s first try of video-recording her piano […]