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Untere Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel (Germany) 0049 7083 527 163, Klaviertheater@web.de

First Piano Theatre”

established 1994

for kids, teens and adults

Musical education plays for children aged 5-10

Available for licensing

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Esteemed ladies and Gentlemen!


Today we’re pleased to offer an unprecedented licensing opportunity for four distinct plays that have revolutionized music education and appreciation for children aged 5-10 throughout Europe. We call it “First Piano Theatre”—an exciting, engaging, and interactive tool that will help young children experience the joys of music, as well learn about history, different cultures, and even fashion.


Since 1994 we’ve delivered more than 4,000 performances of these plays to 500,000 elementary schools students across Europe to the delight of children and teachers alike. (Beside this our German co-workers had about 2000 performances for 200,000 pupils.) In addition to experiencing these plays, children have the opportunity to interact in the performance, delve into a different time, and learn how to appreciate music and the people who created it.


We can’t begin to describe the excitement and wonder we’ve witnessed in countless children across Europe as they open themselves to the wonders of classical music that will last a lifetime.


Our Philosophy


In our combined 50 years of teaching and musical education, we’ve found that children will not automatically appreciate classical music simply because they are told to do so. And the longer they go without appropriate exposure to classical music the more difficult it is for them to understand its beauty and complexity.


That’s why we’re focused on children aged 5–10 ... and why we’re focused on helping children understand how to listen to and enjoy music.


After surveying children who attended our plays, we found that 80% said that experiencing our performance—which allowed them to hear and see the music being performed live, in the context of the time, and while humanizing the composers— was key to their gaining an interest in classical music. After experiencing our play, for example, Bach is not an old, boring church musician, but a living, breathing person with joys and sorrows that are expressed in his music.


We believe hearing education should be the most important goal of music teaching. Children can be taught to appreciate music by exposure to music just as adults can better appreciate literature by reading Shakespeare. The way to understanding is through listening to, hearing, perceiving, thinking, and understanding. Our "First Piano Theatre" is the first step to understanding Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. And it really works!


What Children Will Learn and Experience


The aim of our four piano theatre plays is to help children learn about music without realizing they are learning. We introduce children to the most basic concepts of classical music—major-minor, modulation, forte, piano, allegro, adagio, staccato, legato, and the change of rhythm.


Through our four plays—“No Bach Without Laughter”; “Wolfgang and the Music Dwarf”; “Ludwig and the Lost Coin”; and “Franzl and the Emperor”—children discover the “founding fathers” of classical music—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.


Our plays are based on the real lives of these composers, with only slight alterations.


A Recommendation for Performances


We suggest you limit your audience to no more than 120 children. In order to appreciate the music, children must be able to hear it clearly, see it being performed, and have an opportunity to interact. Further children have to be prepared for the play. Therefore we played mainly in schools.


Licensing Details


We’re excited to offer one of our plays for a low rate of $30,000. It is possible licencing including 200 school performations for a special rate of $250.000. For more information, see our internet page www.klaviertheatersanta.de/English or please contact us today!


With best regards

Bärbel Ganster and Balint Santa

First Piano Theatre”

Untere Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel, Germany

Tf: 0049 7083 527 163

Klaviertheater@web.de

P.S. I think, I am the best music-teacher in the world. I do not request you to believe me. I only kindly ask you to prove me, that I am not right. Thank you: Balint Santa


No Bach Without Laughter”

"First Piano Theatre", Untere Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel (Germany)

0049 7083 527 163, Klaviertheater@web.de

1

We prepare our audiences with some light warmups to prepare them to focus mentally and physically. This helps improve circulation and clear the students’ minds.


2

Anna Magdalena is very sad. Sebastian Bach, her husband, is in jail. And their daughter, Christiane, has died. She writes a letter to her husband and takes it to the jailor. Sebastian will hopefully receive this sorrowful message.

3

Sebastian comes home from the jail. But where is his family? Only his favorite chicken is sitting on the piano. His beloved wife, Anna Magdalena, must be out with the youngest daughter, Christiane, teaching her to walk.

4

Confused faces! What happens next? Sebastian does not know that his daughter has died! But he must have felt it. In the jail he composed a very sorrowful piece of music: “Have Mercy, Oh My God.” He begins to play the mournful piece.

5

While Sebastian plays his new song, his wife enters the room and puts her hands on his eyes. She is excited and pleased that Sebastian has been released from jail, but dreads telling him about their daughter.

6

But there is new hope! The Bachs will get a fresh start in a new village, where the duke will throw them a peasant feast. Sebastian has been asked to compose a cantata for the peasants that they can sing. The whole school takes part in this feast and the children are invited to sing along. They also learn how to bow to a good duke. Singing by heart, understanding and playing the meaning of the words at the same time, is a complex activity. But as you can see, the children can do it.

7

The children sing, dance, and play music like at a real peasant feast! Their joy can’t be stopped. They also have to find a dance partner while they sing. They learn to show and enjoy their feelings. Teachers also dance and sing. After the third repetition the whole gym is exhausted, but the children have learned a Bach aria. How many other students can claim that?

8

Three children from the audience: Mieke, a girl, who likes dancing; the vicar, who calls the parish to order; and the duke, who waves graciously to the whole community! If the duke waves graciously, everybody bows to him. If the vicar calls the parish to order, everybody lowers their head. If Mieke dances with Anna Magdalena, everybody is allowed to dance.

 


 

"First Piano Theatre"

Untere Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel (Germany) Tf: 0049 7083 527 163 Email: Klaviertheater@web.de

established 1994

for kids, teens and adults

Teenager concerts (but also for adults)

Available for licensing

Licensing prize:

$ 3000 / program

The teenager concerts of "First Piano Theatre" are based on the knowledge

that young people

  1. can enjoy an abstract musical theme/text, if we make it understandable for them,

  2. if we help them to be acquainted with the everyday problems and personality of the composer and the historical circumstances, the musical work was made,

  3. if they recognise parallels to their own life,

  4. if they do not realize that they are attending to a teaching process,

  5. if they are interactively involved in the education/learning process.

On the basis of these perceptions we prepared the following teen-ager talking concerts:

  1. Music and painting

  2. Portraits, painted by Ludwig van Beethoven

  3. The marketing director Beethoven

  4. The painting „The family Mozart“ (by della Croce??) and the Sonata KV 300k

  5. The European history and the tritonus

  6. The frame in painting (the alone standing cedar painted by Csontváry Koszka Tivadar) and the frame in the music of Mozart as a mirror of the society of the 18th century and the Bill of Rights

  7. Music and words by Franz Schubert

  8. Music and words by Cervantes (Don Quijote, second book chapter V) and by L. van Beethoven (Sonata f sharp major OP 78)

For performing these teen-ager concerts you need a native speaker pianist or piano teacher and an electric piano with the sounds of harpsichord, organ and piano. We suggest to play/perform these concerts in schools for not less and not much more than 50-60 pupils, aged 14-18. The public should be classified by age: 14-15, 16-17 and 18 or older. For each group we suggest a different performing-style. The explanation should be spoken with humor and understanding for the young generation.

The complete program is available for a licencing prize of $ 18.000 and a flat for two persons for 4 weeks. For teaching the performing style on the basis of our experiences we are at your disposal for four weeks, we teach the students 4 days a week, each day two times 3 hours. You determine the number of students.

We played this program in schools for the prize of $ 350. 90% of the students have never heared a Beethoven Sonata before.

For further information please contact us!

Thanking you for your interest

we remain yours sincerely

Balint Santa and Bärbel Ganster, Untere Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel (Germany)

0049 7083 527 163, Klaviertheater@web.de

Tradition is not the ashes of the past! It is the fire of the future. (Gustav Mahler)

Please excuse my bad English!

As an example please read the short description of one of these programs:

The frame in painting (the alone standing cedar painted by the Hungarian painter Csontváry) and the frame in the music of Mozart as a mirror of the society of the 18th century and the Bill of Rights

Csontváry painted his picture the "alone standing cedar" by drawing first a frame. Later he had to realize that there was no room for the boughs. They had to be squeezed inside the frame. Museum directors suggested him, to paint the tree again without the frame, to have room for the boughs. And anyway, the museum is responsible for making frames of gilden wood. Historians said later, this painting is a self-portrait: The tree is the painter and the "frame" is the society. Csontváry was locked in the frame of the society. He starved. Nobody understood his picture in his lifetime.

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Mozart lived in three social "frames": the wig -on the orders of the emperor (empress), the fear of the Last Judgement and the society that did not appreciate his music.

Like Csontváry, also Mozart was locked in a "frame". His piano sonatas are the same self portraits as the alone standing cedar. In these piano works he told us his secret thoughts. These thoughts were the ideas of the Bill of Rights.

The teenager concert (also for adults) has the pedogogical aim to let public hear, that "understanding encreases the joy through the arts". As a music teacher I would say: only understanding makes possible the real joy through all arts. And also Mozart's music. The generally accepted opinion, Mozart composed a beautiful music, that will be played by the angels in the heaven, is not correct.

The teenager concert is in the first line a hearing education. We make it audible and understandable, that Mozart was the first composer in the human musical history, who described various affects with tunes in a unique way. And this in a social circumstance, in which the population will be directed by only one affect: the fear.

The unique way in the description of affects is: He changes the affects each 20-30 seconds, he let us hear several feelings at the same time, he simulates, denies and represses feelings, he cheats and lies. But he forces us to feel with him. He is locked in the frame sonata and he succeeds to behave himself as if he were in freedom. As a pedagog I wish young people be acquainted with the sound and the mentality of Mozart. Because his music is the implementation of the Bill of Rights in captivity inside the frames. Mozart's message is: no political might is able to prevent us to be happy. As the Bill of rights it promises. His genious is, he takes care that we are happy, after we leave the concert. Mozarts music takes the same place in the human arts as the David of Micheangelo. A small person becomes great, has no fear and wins. A milestone in the human history.

Mozart is a milestone in the human history. He will never come back.

 

 

 

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