May 8, 2012 at 9:38 AMJust like birds showing up with their sign posts, "Ten days to spring," I began to get a sprinkling of e-mails and phone calls from musicians in the area, and none too soon. As a result, I found a pianist and violinist to meet with regularly and play. Mozart, Bach, Faure, tangos: it doesn't really matter what the subject matter is. The subject is music, and we talk.
Being a couple of guitars and an upright bass short of a swing band, I went ahead and got permission from Swing DeVille, down in St. Louis, to arrange one of their songs, "The Arabesque" for two violins and piano. Originally, I took on this project for one of my students, and I simplified the first violin part just a little to help her out. She didn't even make it to her lesson last week, which leaves us two weeks before the recital to sort everything out. It sounds pretty lame on my midi file playback, but in my mind, it has a lot of potential. Hopefully, we can assemble a decent recording and send it to the band. And if they like the idea, maybe I'll arrange a whole book of their songs. Hey--why not? I think there might be more than a couple of us out there who lack a swing band but wouldn't mind playing some.
From Tom HolzmanGlad to hear your seasonal depression is lifting. Have a great spring!
Posted on May 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM
From Karis CrawfordPlease do keep arranging! It's great to have a violinist arranging music for violinists! :-)
Posted on May 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM
From Randy WaltonSo glad you're breaking the grip of depression that was weighing you down. This blog is full of energy, optimism, enthusiasm and probably a few more isms.:)
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 1:18 AM
Sounds like you're in for a lot of fun!
From marjory langeGood to have you back.
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 2:05 AM
From Emily HogstadWhat Faure are you playing? You should record audio of it. *puppy dog eyes*
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 2:17 AM
From jean dubuissonGreat prospects Emily!
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM
From Emily GrossmanEmily, I'm playing Faure's Sicilienne, arranged by Michael MacLean for two violins and piano. I'm also playing a piano duet, Kitty Waltz, with another student. His compositions really ignite an imaginative ember in my mind, so it's been a fun journey.
Posted on May 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
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