A Night of Piano & Vocals

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On 11th September, all were treated to a night of music. The IHS Music Department presented a piano recital by students and teachers from across the school. The night began with Prelude composed by Johann Kuhnau, a German composer of the Baroque era. This was followed by a heart rendering voice and piano duet of ‘Memory’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning Broadway musical Cats.

Middle School piano students presented a few short and playful pieces, namely Bagatelle by Beethoven and Ballad for Adeline by Paul de Senivelle. Senior piano students went on to present Rolling stone by Gerald Martin, Song in A minor by Czech composer Bedriech Smetana, ‘The Love Story Theme’ by Francis Lai, and Prelude in C minor by Bach.

The recital served as a platform to teach children how to listen to and appreciate classical music and recognize its relevance in modern times. Based on the chord progression from Bach’s Prelude in C Minor, students and teachers presented a medley of Indian movie songs by various composers, including M S Viswanathan, Illayaraja, and A.R. Rehman. Among the highlights was the Tamil movie song ‘Oh Butterfly’ composed by Maestro Illayaraja, which is unique in its use of chromatic progression in harmony with the actual melody.

Next up was a flute and piano duet featuring a melody written by Russian composer Zoltan Kodaly over Bach’s Prelude in C Minor. The evening ended with a spellbinding performance of another song using the same chord pattern – ‘Skyfall’ the theme song of the 2012 James Bond film written and sung by English singer-songwriter Adele.

For the young pianists, the experience was an opportunity to work intensely on specific pieces of music, thereby honing their technique and skill. The duets and group performances featuring the choir, bass guitar, flute and vocalists provided a wonderful opportunity for teachers and students to work together.