5/16/11

Summer Piano Movie Night!

There are lots of great flicks out there about the piano and music, or that feature some great piano performances - many of which might be great for showing clips of at a studio class of some sort, or for curling up and having your very own summer piano movie night!

They Came to Play
This is a film about the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation. An inspiring film for any pianist - even for those who may take a few years off for some reason or other (which I love because as a young mother it is hard to find the time to practice!). I know that this film is available for instant streaming on Netflix!


The Music Instinct: Science & Song (PBS)
This is a fascinating documentary about the relationship between music and the brain. Also available on Netflix instant streaming, for those of you who do Netflix.


The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century
I have yet to watch this whole film, but recently discovered it on YouTube and I am so excited to watch it and learn more about famous pianists!


Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
I just barely started watching this a couple of days ago and still need to finish it, but find it so interesting! I think it's wonderful to learn about the process of making a great piano. This is also available on Netflix!


Any Victor Borge special!
Who doesn't love Victor Borge? I think I may need to add this to my wishlist!
Victor Borge Classic Collection


How about some Marx Brothers?
I was introduced to the Marx Brothers by my husband and in-laws, and these are so fun to watch! These guys are really so talented. You gotta love their technique, especially their glissandos!





What other movies would you add to the list?

3 comments:

Leah said...

Wow, wow, wow... These look awesome! I'm especially interested in the 'music and the brain' one and the making of the Steinway, since it's my favourite piano. I'm definitely going to get some of these!

Heidi said...

I'm excited to check these out.
For younger students, Beethoven from the Animated Hero Classics Series (Nest Entertainment) is a fun movie. It lasts just 30 minutes, so it was a perfect reward for my students for the lesson after our recital.

Deeann said...

Thank you for your ideas. I just watched "The Genius Within: Glenn Gould on Netflix, and loved it. And on YouTube the Documentary in several parts called "Imagine . . . being a Concert Pianist" is wonderful. These are not necessarily to watch with students but for your own enjoyment.

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