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Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5

Jan 18, 2021

Have you ever listened to Brahms’ Hungarians Dance No. 5? It’s a famous one, you may even recognize it without knowing the title. This is such a delightful piece of music. I’ve enjoyed listening to it and dancing along with my children, and using it for various activities in live music classes. I’ve gotta say though -- putting this video together with our puppet friends Forte the Lion and Piano the Cat has taken the fun to a whole new level. Forte and Piano are of course helping us listen for the dynamic contrasts in the piece (there are so many!), but they also literally bring the music to life with their dancing, singing, roaring and meowing. My 4 year old daughter cannot help but giggle while she watches (and sings and dances along), and even my 1.5 year old son adds a “meow” here and there.

This video is a great snapshot of what we do here at Clap for Classics! We are passionate about bringing high quality music into the lives of young children, in a fun and accessible way:

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