Pat Holmberg / Blog

Stride Piano Oldies

Hi! This is to tell you of a new album I recorded - on acoustic piano - playing a lot of old songs we used to sing before TV and computers. People used to make their own entertainment and group singing (with harmonizing) was done a lot - on picnics, in living rooms, etc. Anyone over 75 in the USA or Canada will know every word to these songs. So you can listen to them with nostalgia, or use them as accompaniment for your own sing-alongs. Songs are: Back Home Again in Indiana, Shine on Harvest Moon, Let Me Call You Sweetheart , and 17 more. They're played in that dated old-fashioned stride piano style. Go to this website: https://www.createspace.com/2214205

Christmas Music

Hi from a very chilly Boulder CO this afternoon! Now that the holidays are approaching, I thought I'd let you know about an album I recorded several years ago entitled 'Christmas in the Rockies'. In it, I just improvise on nine traditional carol tunes - Away in a Manger, Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is This, We Three Kings, Silent Night and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. I wanted to give you Silent Night as a freebie, but the system wouldn't let me go lower than $.25. That's for a digital download. You can listen to it and others at www.reverbnation.com/patholm/songs If you're interested, It is available as a real live physical cd at: https://www.createspace.com/2190434 But wait - it's not even Thanksgiving yet! So Happy Thanksgiving to all! Pat

New Bach arr. for Five Pianos

Good morning - just in case any of you know some five-piano teams out there, I have just finished arranging J.S. Bach's Cantata #29 for five pianos. It's available at: https://www.createspace.com/5040192 I will soon have a couple of sample pages up for viewing on my website: www.patholmberg.com Hope everyone is having a good day. Keep singing and playing!

Mozart quote

I love this one: "To earn applause, you should compose music that is either so easy to understand that every cabman can sing it, or so difficult that it pleases him just because he cannot understand it." from Mozart's Lletter to his father in 1782

another quote

"Never judge a composition on a first hearing; for what pleases extremely at first is not always the best, and the works of great masters require study." Robert Schumann

new quote

This one is from Beethoven: "Liberty and progress are great conditions in the empire of music, as in the universe."

March 28 quote

This one from Franz Liszt: "The history of music teaches us that every school perishes through the principle which gave it birth. It flourishes until that principle has been carried to its last consequences; thereupon new ideas bud forth, taking up the thread of progress, like a new generation, and developing until the ideas of the preceding school have been supplanted.

March 24 quote of the day

Which of the two powers is able to raise men to the highest spheres, love or music? That's the question. I think we may say that whilst love can give us no idea of music, music can realise the idea of love. But why separate one from the other? The soul soars on the wings of both. Hector Berlioz, in his Memoirs

quote for today

"Music is never stationary; successive forms and styles are only like so may resting places - like tents pitched and taken down again on the road to the Ideal." Franz Liszt

quote for today

"Music should kindle the divine flame in the human mind" Beethoven