The Magic Piano Of The 20th Century- December 20- January 21

The Magic Piano Of The 20th Century

with The Dazzling Duo Paolo Alderighi & Stephanie Trick

To all our dear friends,

We invite you to a series of 3 musical lectures with the amazing couple of pianists Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi from Italy and the USA!

Pioneers in the use of four-hands piano in jazz, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi have earned widespread success with their arrangements of classics from the stride piano, ragtime, and boogie woogie repertoires, as well as from the swing era and the Great American Songbook. They have performed across the United States, Europe, and Japan, winning the acclaim of critics and fans alike. Blending impeccable technique and mature musicality with humor and showmanship, they are considered the most engaging piano duo .dedicated to the repertoire of classic jazz

It is unusual to hear a piano duet that is played by four hands on just one piano. Somehow Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi manage this near-impossible feat without getting in each other’s way. Their playing is very complementary and mutually inspiring with plenty of fireworks being felt along the way– Scott Yanow


In our lecture series, we are going to talk about some of the great pianists and composers of the first half of the 20th century, like Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Art Tatum, and Meade Lux Lewis. We’ll explore the exciting developments in the American musical landscape from the end of the 19th century to the first decades of the 20th century through a variety of piano styles – ragtime, stride piano, blues, and boogie woogie. We’ll play examples and give suggestions on how to approach and appreciate such different musical worlds.

Musical Lecture No. 1

Tuesday, December 22 at 7 p.m. (Israel Time)

Scott Joplin and Ragtime
from classic rags to the ragtime revival

Ragtime has significant importance in the history of music as it was the first music written by African American composers to gain international popularity. By discussing the social context where ragtime started, its musical characteristics, and by talking about the main ragtime composers and compositions, we’ll track the development of this music from its origins to its widespread success as it became the most popular music in America at the beginning of the 20th century. We’ll also cover the relationship of ragtime with dance, its influence on jazz and classical music, and recent trends in ragtime since its revival in the 1970s.



Musical Lecture No. 2

Tuesday, December 29 at 7 p.m. (Israel Time)

Fats Waller and Harlem Stride Piano
from James P. Johnson to Art Tatum 

We will pick up where we left off in the previous lecture, and dive into the next piano craze in the US after ragtime had its heyday: stride piano. This style of playing was ubiquitous on the jazz scene during the Roaring ’20s, and it lasted well into the 1930s. Having its origins in Harlem, New York, stride piano refers to a rhythmic and swinging style of jazz piano playing heavily reliant on a powerful and agile left hand. We’ll talk about and give examples of some of the greatest interpreters of this genre and compare their vastly different approaches to the style that influenced more modern jazz pianists like Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, and Erroll Garner.



Musical Lecture No. 3

Tuesday, January 5 at 7 p.m. (Israel Time)

Blues and Boogie Woogie
from W. C. Handy to Meade Lux Lewis

The blues: it can evoke such a wide range of emotion. It serves as a mirror to reflect the inner world, as well as a balm to the pain and sorrow of daily life and strife. In this lecture, we’ll travel from the roots of this special poetic musical form and its early practitioners, to Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s, where an offshoot of the blues had taken hold, called boogie woogie. We’ll explore what boogie woogie is, how it developed, and the pianists who brought it to the international stage. Also, the relationship between the blues and jazz music will be discussed throughout the lecture.

To conclude this cycle of lectures, we’ll revisit ragtime, stride piano, the blues and boogie woogie, and suggest an approach to listening to these styles based on their differences and unique musical characteristics.

*The lectures will be held on Tuesdays at 7PM (Israel Time)

*The link will be sent to you by email, about two hours before the start of each lecture.

*The link is to the Zoom waiting room, following new security regulations from the Zoom company and 10 minutes before the start of the lecture you will be entered automaticly into lecture.

*At the end of each lecture there will be an opportunity for questions

*Each lecture lasts about an hour

*If there is any difficulty in connecting, you can write on WhatsApp to mobile number +972546560787

*A link to record the lecture can be obtained on request to this email

– valid for two weeks after the lecture

*Price 120 NIS  or 37$ for the three lectures

We would love to see you with us!

Dates: December 22,29 + January 5 Tuesday at 7pm

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