Masterclass: Albert Ellmenreich Spinning Song (1816-1905) - Entrada

June 1, 2022

Masterclass: Albert Ellmenreich Spinning Song (1816-1905)

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Just like those 70’s hits by Debby Boone and Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots, Spinning Song’s composer, Albert Ellmenreich, is a one-hit wonder. Although he worked as an actor, singer, and writer, and there’s evidence that he was also a prolific composer, his legacy rests on just one enduring piano piece.

I remember hearing Spinning Song played by one of my older siblings before I had my first lessons. Now I realize that–like all good one-hit wonders–there was something catchy about it, a ‘hook’ that made me want to learn how to play it, too.

This early-intermediate solo continues to attract progressing pianists of all ages. In the full Entrada Masterclass, I walk through technical and musical problems and demonstrate practice strategies such as harmonic blocking, playing chords in ensemble, the vibrato technique, and mirroring.

Here’s an excerpt from this lesson:

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