The MfE groups are taking a well-deserved break for Easter after a busy Spring term.
While the groups are off, the artistic and office team are busy prepping for a wonderful summer term full of music – all the details can be found on our website, below is a quick overview of what is coming up!
- Musicals course and concert – 23/24 April
- Vocals course and concert – 14/15 & 21 May
- Blow the Dust playing day – 11 June
- NFC Jubilee workshop and concert – 25/26 June
- Summer School – 8/9/10 August
We’re sure you are all familiar with the traditional Easter Egg (painted/decorated/chocolate/etc!) but we’ve found out some interesting facts about the ‘other’ type of easter egg… the ones that double as secret or hidden messages in music.
One of the first composers to do this was J.S. Bach and he hid one Easter Egg so well, it wasn’t discovered for 250 years in his Mass in B
He would often sign his name into his music B A C H as an ‘easter egg’ (in German notation, the letter H is used for B natural, and B is used for B flat). Whether these were always intentional will never be known, but it seems to most experts that he would add them to the beginning or end of a piece as a ‘signing off’.
Do you know of any others that he hid his name in?
Bach: Mass in B Minor – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FLbiDrn8IE
And for Easter, here is Bach’s St John Passion, composed in 1724 for the Good Friday Vespers service in the same year – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMf9XDQBAaI&t=4s
Happy Easter from the MfE Team!
- Quiz time! Can you work out the John Williams film from these emojis? Some are easier than others… https://www.classicfm.com/lifestyle/quizzes/john-williams-film-score-emojis/
Have a good week!
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