Dr. Paul Wirth is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in St. Cloud and the Twin Cities, Minnesota. He has taught numerous first prize-winning students of regional, national, and international competitions, with his pre-college students having more than eighty solo performances with orchestra, including the Minnesota and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. Creator of the Gravi-DVD on teaching piano technique to children, he is also Artistic Director of the Salon se Lève concert series in Minneapolis and the Young Artist World Piano Festival at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2014, he joined the music faculty of the University of Northwestern, Minnesota, as Artist in Residence.

The dynamics of sound and time

Music is at once simple and complex. We hear it, and we are moved by the feelings the music evokes. Yet, it is also a complex matter. There are eight ingredients of music: medium (the sound), meter-tempo-rhythm (the time), melody (the tune), harmony (the chords), texture (the thickness or number of voices), form (the organization), dynamics (t...
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