Archive for the ‘Ensembles’ Category

Why Music Matters – Dr. Jack Stamp

Friday 27 November, 2009

Dr. Jack Stamp is Professor of Music at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania‘s College of Fine Arts. In the audio clip above he speaks of how music, particularly playing in a band, gives us what no other area can… “technical perfection” and “emotion”. He also speaks of why 95% can be an “A” in one subject area, but a “Fail” in music. Hope you enjoy!


High School Orchestras

Tuesday 4 August, 2009
High School Orchestras Picture

Orchestra @ Wikipedia

Well, our very own high school orchestra draws ever closer. So to entice your musical taste-buds I have left seven great examples of high school orchestras form the United States for you to enjoy.

Please leave a comment if you find any good Aussie high school orchestra videos and leave a comment telling us which orchestra you liked best!


New Trier High School Orchestra, Illinois USA
“The Rakoczy March” by Hector Berlioz from “The Damnation of Faust”


Moanalua High School Symphony, Hawaii USA
“The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini


Lassiter High School Orchestra, Georgia USA
“Zou-San” (Little Elephant) by Keiko Yamada


Central Davis Junior High School Orchestra, Utah USA
“Symphony No. 12” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Stephen F. Austin High School Symphony Orchestra, Texas USA
“Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt


Minnetonka High School Orchestra, Minnesota USA
“The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Milton High School Orchestra, Georgia USA
“Pirates of the Caribbean” by Hanz Zimmer

Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626)

Saturday 25 July, 2009
Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart @ Wikipedia

I love Mozart’s Requiem! I’ve posted the Introit, Kyrie and Dies Irae below for you to listen to.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D minor” (K. 626) was composed in 1791 and was Mozart’s last composition. It was commissioned by the aristocrat Franz von Walsegg for the funeral of his wife, Anna. Von Walsegg secretly commissioned the work so he could pass it off as his own. Unfortunately, Mozart died before completing the composition. Mozart’s wife, Constanze, secretly asked Franz Xaver Süßmayr to complete it so she could receive the final payment from von Walsegg (no doubt to help recover the debts Constanze inherited from her late husband).

So here’s the composition… that Mozart began to write but died before completing, that von Walsegg tried to pass off as his own, that Süßmayr finished without von Walsegg finding out, and that Constanze earned all the money from!


“Introit” and “Kyrie” by W. A. Mozart from “Requiem Mass in D minor”


“Dies Irae” by W. A. Mozart from “Requiem Mass in D minor”


Here’s the text with translation underneath each section…


Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat eis
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion
Et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem
Exaudi orationem meam
Ad te omnis care veniet
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat eis


Grant them eternal rest, Lord
And let perpetual light shine on them
You are praised, God, in Zion
And homage will be paid to You in Jerusalem
Hear my prayer
To You all flesh will come
Grant them eternal rest, Lord
And let perpetual light shine on them


Kyrie, eleison
Christe, eleison
Kyrie, eleison


Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us

Dies Irae

Dies irae, dies illa
Solvet saeclum in favilla
Teste David cum Sibylla
Quantus tremor est futurus
Quando judex est venturus
Cuncta stricte discussurus


Day of wrath, day of anger
Will dissolve the world in ashes
As foretold by David and the Sibyl
Great trembling there will be
When the Judge descends from heaven
To examine all things closely

Click here for the full Latin text with English translation.

Wow! Now that’s a song to hear at a funeral!

Champagnat Day Music Performance

Friday 12 June, 2009
Champagnat Day Music Performance

St. Marcellin Champagnat @ McNamara's Blog

Year 11 and 12 boys performed superbly for the Champagnat Day music performance afternoon on 5th June 2009. Here are some clips of their performances for you to enjoy…

Zion: Story of My Life – Frankie J
Declan, Blake, Albert & Darren: All the Small Things – Blink 182
Louie & Declan: Talking Bird – Death Cab for Cutie


Reggie, Andrew, Tim, Paul & Joseph: This Love – Maroon 5
Clarence: Europa – Santana


Reggie, Tim, Andrew, Paul & Joseph: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Dean: Europa – Santana (improvised)
Louie, Declan, Blake & Darren: Always Where I Need To Be – The Kooks

Triple J Unearthed High 2009 Competition

Friday 22 May, 2009
Triple J Unearthed High 2009 Competition

Click for JTV: Unearthed Video

The Triple J Unearthed High competition is on again! Entry opens 20th May 2009 and closes on 31st July 2009.

To become a famous rock star, all you have to do is…

  1. Write an original song
  2. Record your original song
  3. Sign up as an artist on the Unearthed High Signup Page
  4. Upload up to 3 original songs
  5. Make sure the “‘Unearthed High” checkbox is ticked under the competitions section of your artist profile

Competition Details

How to Enter Details

Official Unearthed High Website

Year 12 – Small Ensembles Assessment

Wednesday 18 February, 2009

Check out Year 12’s assessments they did for their “Small Ensembles” unit. They are in no particular order…










The 51st Grammy Awards

Wednesday 11 February, 2009

The Grammys are America’s annual music industry awards. They cover all music genres. Let’s list some award categories… rock, classical, jazz, blues, gospel, pop, dance, alternative, R&B, rap, hip-hop, new age, country, Latin, folk, reggae, polka, children’s, comedy, musicals and soundtracks. Wow, that’s a lot of awards! While I think The Grammys are simply a puppet for the music industry to congratulate themselves, there are still some great musicians amongst it all.

Here are some clips of winning artists and their songs. Unfortunately all YouTube clips of the Grammy awards night have been banned, so clips of live performances have been used. Enjoy!

Song of the Year / Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals / Best Rock Album: Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Best New Artist / Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Chasing Pavements by Adele

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Say by John Mayer

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Gravity by John Mayer

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Superwoman by Alicia Keys

Click here to see the full list of Grammy Award nominees and winners. Please leave a comment, let us know if you liked a song, thought a song was terrible, or thought there was a song that should’ve been posted!

Happy Australia Day

Monday 26 January, 2009

Happy Australia Day! I found this quite amusing website on peoples’ versions of “Advance Australia Fair” called “Advance Australia Dare”. [click here to check it out] I’ve posted some entries below, some funny and others creative. Maybe you could submit your own entry? I hope you enjoy…

4 year old Amy sings the national anthem

Office workers sing the national anthem to the tune of “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from the 1983 film Flashdance

Office workers sing and hand sign the national anthem in Auslan

Malaysian born Tamil-Australian legend Kamahl sings the national anthem

Obama’s Inauguration Music

Wednesday 21 January, 2009

I was really moved listening to President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. To watch a video of his entire speech click here. There were also heaps of amazing musical items presented throughout the ten days of celebration, what’s a celebration without music?! Here are two items from the inauguration ceremony…

The legendary Aretha Franklin sings “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee“, the tune of which is based upon the British National Anthem “God Save the Queen“.

An amazing international quartet comprised of the French born Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Israeli American violinist Itzhak Perlman, the African American clarinettist Anthony McGill and the Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, performing the song “Air and Simple Gifts” by the American composer John Williams.

Year 10 Aussie Rock Performances

Friday 26 December, 2008

It’s taken me a while to sort it out, but I’ve finally got Year 10 Music’s Australian rock performances uploaded to YouTube. Check them out and tell us what you think?

Year 10 Australian Rock Assessment Part 1

Year 10 Australian Rock Assessment Part 2