The Seasons, op. 37b, January, February, March

The Seasons, op. 37b, January, February, March

The Seasons, op. 37b, January, February, March

Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Finghin Collins's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Subtitles are available in English Music sheet annotated by  Finghin  Collins  is available 47 min Piano

In this masterclass, Professor Fighin Collins and student Didzis Kalnins are working on Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski, three of the Seasons.

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

In this masterclass, Professor Fighin Collins shares a masterclass with young pianist Didzis Kalnins from Latvia, who is going to play Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski, three of the seasons; January, February and March.

Professor Collins proceeds to listen to a great performance from the Latvian student and shares his view on the three pieces. He insists one should play with much spontaneity and avoid sounding like a trained speech. He reminds AKA to play as if he was having a natural conversation, so that it flows without hesitations even if the piece contains repetitions in itself. It is also an excellent way to watch a habit of playing the same every time. Fighin Collins guides his students towards finding a balance between free and supple interpretation without exaggeration.

 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. To hear or sing the part before jumping on the piano to play it,

  2. To improve comfort and mental state before and during practice,

  3. To look for variety while exercising,

  4. To avoid playing a recurring phrase with the same intonation every single time,

  5. Looking for colors is a good way to play spontaneously.

The Seasons, op. 37b by Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

The Seasons, Op. 37a is a set of twelve short character pieces for solo piano by the Russian composer Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski. Each piece is the characteristic of a different month of the year in the northern hemisphere. The work is also sometimes heard in orchestral and other arrangements by other hands. Individual excerpts have always been popular – Troika (November) was a favourite encore of Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Barcarolle (June) was enormously popular and appeared in numerous arrangements (for orchestra, violin, cello, clarinet, harmonium, guitar and even mandolin).

  • Date:21 February 2022
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:47 min
  • Spoken language:English
  • Subtitle languages: English

Sheet music

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Sheet music the seasons, op. 37b, january, february, march

Finghin Collins

Finghin  Collins

Winner of the Clara Haskil Competition in 1999

One of Ireland's most successful musicians, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977 and, following initial lessons with his sister Mary, studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O'Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. Winner of the RTÉ Musician of the Future Competition in 1994 and the Classical Category at the National Entertainment Awards in Ireland in 1998, he went on to take first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then, he has continued to enjoy a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe and the United States, as well as the Far East and Australia. 

Collins has performed with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, garnering consistent praise from critics and public alike.

Performances across Europe have included such prestigious venues as Symphony Hall Birmingham, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Barbican and Cadogan Hall, London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (both halls), De Doelen Rotterdam (both halls), Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Cortot Paris, Salle Molière Lyon, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Palao de la Musica Valencia, Gulbenkian Hall Lisbon, Sala Verdi Milan, Teatro Manzoni Bologna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, Philharmonic Hall Warsaw and the Auditorium Stravinski Montreux.  He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, as well as at both Ravinia and Gilmore Festivals in the USA.

Finghin Collins is very active as a programmer, commissioner and concert presenter in Ireland, having been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013. In 2020, Music for Galway presents the main classical program as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, including the inaugural edition of CELLISSIMO, a new triennial cello festival. 

Collins is also co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the International Master Course at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, together with violinist Gwendolyn Masin. In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music, in recognition of his outstanding achievements.

Tchaïkovski

Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Born in Votkinsk, Russia on April 25th, 1840, composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the son of a metalworker and a French immigrant, and the second of six children.  

Young Pyotr showed an interest in music early on and, although destined to be a public servant at first, was placed under the care of a professional music teacher by his father shortly after the sudden death of his mother from cholera. 

He travelled through Europe extensively and settled in St-Petersburg when he was a young man, to study music at the newly founded conservatory. Tchaikovsky had a very private life that was constantly under scrutiny due to his rising fame. He married a young woman to avoid questions about his sexual orientation, but was very unhappy. By 1878, he began to write music full time after finding a patroness outside Russia and wrote most of his most famous works such as the opera Eugene Onegin, the Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, and the Violin Concerto in D Major. Tchaikovsky grew tired of his busy city life and rented a place in the countryside, where he spent his days walking, reading, and composing music. He died of cholera in 1893 at the age of 53 after drinking unboiled water. 

Tchaikovsky's legacy reaches many people thanks to a very emotionally involving and rich musical landscape that keeps seducing audiences all over the world.  

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