What's the best muscial experience you've ever had?

August 8, 2019, 8:46 AM · Hi everyone,

I know I'm starting too many discussions lately, but I just couldn't resist --

What was your most moving or best in general (meaningful) musical experience of your lifetime?

Mine was when I snuck a laptop into bed and *god forbid* listened to music when I was supposed to be sleeping :) I think I listened until one or something in the morning (and yes, that is very late for me).

Clicking song after song with the anticipation of listening for hours into the night, having hours of ecstasy (I'll stop soon), and no restraint thrilled me. It was the comfort that I could always come back to music that made me so happy.

Luckily some common sense stopped me or I would have collapsed some time the next day.

What about you?

Jamie

Replies (38)

August 8, 2019, 9:23 AM · Hard to pick one, but relevant to this website:
Seeing Stephane Grapelli live.
Sharing a pizza with Richard Tognetti ( I was trailing along with a relative of one of the ACO cellists )
They were taking too long to attend to us so Richard whipped out his violin and started playing something quite lively . Unfortunately, that worked .
August 8, 2019, 9:24 AM · That's really hard for me to quantify seeing as how every time I listen to really good music I get goosebumps regardless if I am listening on my headphones or a live concert. There have been so many amazing experiences in my life with music I don't know where to start. Music is incredibly enchanting to me just as much now if not more than when I was younger as well. That's a really hard question haha.
Edited: August 8, 2019, 12:24 PM · Even though I'm just an amateur player, I'm going to say that one of my fondest musical experiences was creating a CD album of jazz with four of my friends -- we are called the Highlands Jazz Quintet and our album is called "Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West." It was just so rewarding to work on the material, to go to the studio (owned by another friend and true-blue fan of our group), to play the best we could (which I'm going to say was pretty good), and see the process unfold. The cover art for the album was an original oil painting by Virginia artist Mario Thames. To commemorate our accomplishment I bought the painting and it now hangs in my living room, right next to my piano.

This fall I'll be performing the Beethoven Op. 40 Romance with a community orchestra. I'm hoping this too will be among my greatest musical experiences.

Listening is great ... but doing, even at an amateur level, is just so much greater.

As far as concerts I have seen, I'd have to mention Yo-Yo Ma and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. I also have to mention a local professional chamber group that performed the Dohnanyi Piano Quintet in C Major -- it blew me away, I was a total wreck at the end. Oh yes .. and a cello recital by Tom Shaw -- wow.

August 8, 2019, 12:54 PM · When I was studying violin in elementary school (eons ago), the Detroit Symphony performed summer symphonies at the Bandshell on Belle Isle. My family packed a picnic and we drove out to enjoy the concerts. I still remember lying on my back looking up at the sky (or closing my eyes), listening to the orchestra play as my mind wandered freely from one fantastical thought/image to another.

The fact that I still remember this so fondly sixty some years later indicates to me how special it was.

August 8, 2019, 1:58 PM · Playing duets with a friend who is such a great player that by his playing he dragged me upwards way beyond a level I could ever play on my own.
Edited: August 8, 2019, 2:46 PM · For most of us here it's a tough, if not impossible decision. And there are many moments I wouldn't want to cancel from my memory.
The most influential live performance for me was in London when the Antipodes Duo (brilliant Bryony Gibson-Cornish - viola, Gamal Khamis - piano) performed outstanding Schumann's Maerchenbilder and a bit of Brahms and Prokofiev at a free lunchtime recital in St. James Piccadilly on March 24, 2017 I stumbled into almost by accident. Made me wish to start with viola. What I actually did a bit more than a year later.
August 8, 2019, 2:48 PM · Performing the Carmina Burana with our community orchestra, four decent soloist singers, and a huge choir of volunteers.
Edited: August 8, 2019, 3:27 PM · If “best” means anything in this context it must be “memorable”, such as when I had a cello lesson from Christopher Bunting, a pupil of Casals.
August 8, 2019, 3:24 PM · I have a lot of great moments, spanning musical styles, venues/locations, and participation (audience/listener, performer). Too many to list, and it would not be fair to rank them.

I just joined an amateur orchestra. This is now the second thing I said I was not interested in doing since returning to the violin almost 3 years ago, the first being hosting/performing a recital. So we'll see how that goes since my recital was a good experience despite my terrible, terrible nerves. I had a blast in the lead-up to it, and loved the rehearsals with my pianist so much I still work with the same pianist on current repertoire just because.

I saw Philippe Graffin perform this June, and his Enescu 3rd Sonata was ravishing. I was completely enthralled by his and the pianist's performance, and feel very lucky to have been in attendance.

Congratulations Paul!!! And good luck! I am sure you will do a tremendous job with it.

August 8, 2019, 3:26 PM · As a listener: My first live hearing of the Mendelssohn Octet played by top soloists in Carnegie Hall. I soared with the music!

As a violinist: my first ever rehearsal with the community orchestra I played with for decades. It was Schubert's "unfinished" and while my abilities were nowhere near where they are now, simply being one of the seconds thrilled me beyond measure - it was a rush that convinced me that I wanted to do this forever. I did till a job change made it impossible to continue.

As a teacher: Watching my students "get it" as they develop their skills and take on harder and harder material.

August 8, 2019, 4:02 PM · Playing 2nd oboe in the British Premier of Prokofiev's Duenna under Howard Williams of the ENO.
August 8, 2019, 6:36 PM · I think my favorite of all the live concerts I've attended was the opening concert of the first-ever Mellon Music Festival in Davis, California. It was in a small independent art gallery, so it was the closest I've ever been to the performers as a member of the audience, and there were memorable performances of the Dvorak Terzetto and Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8. The most influential concert would be the first one I ever attended, hearing the Walton viola concerto and Beethoven's 3rd Symphony when I was 12 and deciding the same night that I wanted to learn a string instrument.

But like Paul Deck, I believe playing tends to be more meaningful than listening. I have a few experiences that stick out in my mind: sight-reading Shostakovich string quartets with two professional players in the quartet who elevated my sight-reading ability far above its usual level for one night; playing Schubert's 9th in a top-tier community orchestra and getting so much of a rush from it that the finale was still bouncing around my head until 3am that night; playing the Bruch Romanze for viola and orchestra with a local community orchestra, where the process of collaborating with a conductor in rehearsals was different from anything else I've ever experienced.

August 8, 2019, 7:30 PM · A time when I was in love though alone, and heard a performance of Messiaen's 'Quatuor pour la fin du temps' and also felt what he wrote of as "It is all love" in the music.
August 8, 2019, 7:51 PM · Probably the first time I went to a Pinchas Zukerman concert. That was sensational.
August 8, 2019, 10:32 PM · Good for you, Paul -- are you nervous?
Good luck and tell us how it goes.
Edited: August 8, 2019, 11:11 PM · One of the most illuminating musical experiences for me personally was when I was a young Bluegrass mandolinist, probably in the mid 1970's.
Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe's wonderful fiddler was a hero of mine and was jamming at late night, 3 hour jam session, at a Bluegrass Festival in Kentucky. I accompanied him, chopping mandolin chords for him, along with 3 or 4 other musicians, where he played one fiddle tune after another, variation after variation.
Apart from being able to observe him at a very close range, the most memorable part was when someone asked for Beaumont Rag and Kenny replied, "would you like it played in the key of C, Bb, or F?" And yes, he could play it in all of those keys. He played in the moment and always differently. It was my inspiration to switch and concentrate on fiddle.

August 9, 2019, 12:51 AM · As a player: when my beginners orchestra is all in time, and I’m in time with them!
August 9, 2019, 2:09 AM · For sheer musical elation, not Grapelli at the 1973 Cambridge Folk Festival (pace Rosemary), not Dylan on tour in 1966, not even getting conducted by Benjamin Britten at Aldwych in 1971, but an amateur production of "Annie" in Catford Town Hall
August 9, 2019, 3:05 AM · Kurt Sanderling conducting (in the nineties) the Minnesota Orchestra in Schubert 9 and, a couple years later, the Rotterdam Philharmonic in Prokofiev 6.
August 9, 2019, 4:31 AM · As a player - easy. When I was a teenager (still at school) I played in the local amateur symphony orchestra. For one programme we had the Emperor concerto, to be played by a little-known pianist called Stephen Bishop. I was in the middle of the second violins, so by some quirk of fate I was actually sitting near the keyboard. Well, outside of the tuttis I don't know if I played a note - I was absolutely mesmerised. I can't really put it into words - it was like playing from another dimension, as if the music was coming direct from the source (whatever that is). And within a very few years he made a famous recording of the Diabelli variation which is still a top recommendation today, as well as recording the Emperor (with the LSO and Colin Davis) - a wonderful performance which has always had an honoured place in my collection. He then became Stephen Kovacevich. The rest, as they say, is history.

As a listener - another vote for Kurt Sanderling - this time in Shostakovich 10, conducting the Scottish National Orchestra and bringing the audience to its feet. Or the Smetana Quartet playing Beethoven's Op127 (probably about 1968).

August 9, 2019, 5:50 AM · Playing Beethoven's Romance #1 with a full (community) orchestra in a large church.....
Edited: August 12, 2019, 1:08 PM · 1)Playing Sibelius 2nd Symphony at the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock Maine in 1990.Charles Bruck, the assistant to Pierre Monteux conducted.The hall is in a beautiful pine forest with the rocky coast nearby.Bird chirps and wind in the pines gave additional embellishment to the music.Bruck was magnificent.
1b)Using the original first edition parts of Debussy, Stravinsky and Ravel at the Monteux School.A classic dialogue was Bruck asking a conducting student about certain details in a piece by Debussy .He would ask" and how do I know these notes should be longer( or shorter)? Because Monteux told me and Debussy told Monteux." There would be a quiet "oooooooo" from the orchestra....
This was especially poignant when we were allowed to use the original parts from Stavinsky's Rite of Spring.
2) Sitting with Menahem Pressler at the piano in 2015 having him play excerpts from the Brahms Piano Quartets, signing my vinyl lp cover of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1974 playing the above said pieces( with Walter Tramplerer on viola) and then an hour later play the Beethoven Triple Concerto with his new Beaux Arts Trio.What an evening...
C)Playing second violin with Steven Staryk in Shostakovitch's 10th quartet.VERY intense rehearsals.He had the ex Barrere Strad back then and me with my Johannes Cuypers...he kept telling me to dig in more.."Im barely firing on one cylinder here Peter".Tough going but Ill never forget working with him.
Edited: August 12, 2019, 6:33 PM · Best playing experience; Playing amplified violin on tour with the Don Ellis band, every night standing next to and hearing musicians like pianist Milcho Leviev, drummer Ralph Humphreys, saxophones Gary Herbig and Vince Denham, and all the others...
Best live performance, being in the audience; Don Giovanni and Puccini's Girl of the West, at the Vienna Statsoper. The orchestra got more applause than the cast. The quality of sound was in another league from anyone else.
Best recording; The first time I heard Carlos Kleiber's version of Beethoven 5, I thought "That's the way to do it".
Best teaching moment; Having one of my students beat me at the audition for section leader spot with our local orchestra.
Edited: August 12, 2019, 7:56 PM · Hands down the time my old music school invited me back to play at their spring recital. I didn't want to, but the owner has some connections with music professors overseas and I figured it would be good to do them a favour. My old teacher still works for that school, too.

I was slated to perform my arrangement of a patriotic classical folk tune and None but the Lonely Heart by Tchaikovski. The school wanted me to play with one of their pianists, who cancelled literally the day before because he had a falling-out with the owner. So I played with the owner herself, who was fresh out of wrist surgery and half deaf, and also not very willing to rehearse.

When I walked onstage they kept playing me a Bb to tune with, so that was fun. Then they said they would play me an intro, even though I said specifically that I didn't want one.
I think she got one chord right---the opening Bb major---and from then on it evolved into a very wonderful, contemporary, A-tonal arrangement. I tried my best and pulled all the way through to the end of the piece, but dang. Playing from memory becomes perilous when your accompanist is testing every chord in the key to try and find you. (We dropped the second piece by the way). The parents were so bewildered they almost forgot to clap. Definitely my most hilarious performance and favourite "musical" experience.


On a more serious note, I'd say it has to be the first time I saw live opera. The Magic Flute at the Glenn Gould school in Toronto. Wonderful performance, and I got a seat so close I could basically reach out and rub the conductor's head (don't worry, I didn't).

August 13, 2019, 9:02 AM · I'll add to my previous post this memorable gem, broadcast on the BBC Proms last weekend - the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, with Fatma Said, Kathryn Rudge, Sunnyboy Dladla and David Shipley in Mozart's Requiem.

I have never seen or heard a live performance of the Requiem with such energy and commitment from all concerned. The Chorus was immense, difficult to count on screen, but three rows extending the whole width of the Albert Hall platform indicates well over 100. Not only did the solo singers perform entirely from memory (in Latin of course), but so did the Chorus, a first on the Proms and perhaps elsewhere.

The performance can be viewed again on the BBC iPlayer - but only if you have a current TV licence in the UK :(. However, I would expect that this outstanding performance will turn up eventually on YouTube.

August 15, 2019, 4:23 AM · When I was around 5, a teacher at our school made us listen to Smetana’s Moldau. I loved it and the music almost brought me to tears. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember which music was it, so I couldn’t listen at it again at home, although I tried to explain it to my parents the best I could. Around 15 years later, I randomly found it in a new music CD, and as I heard it, I found myself again at the same classroom, with that teacher and almost brought to tears again.
August 15, 2019, 6:34 AM · My story maybe isn't nearly as glorious as some of the others on here, however it was quite touching and inspiring for me.

I work as an activity coordinator at a residential home and as such it's my job to come up with things for the residents to be doing. I'll never forget the first time I took my violin with me to play a few pieces for everyone. They all loved it, but the really special part was when I found out one of the residents who is 99 has played the violin her whole life.

When I began to play a piece for her (I forget which piece) she began to cry tears of joy at hearing the sound of the violin again! We went on to have an hour long conversation with her telling me to never give up making music and that I'm a joy to listen to! If there were ever any doubts about me wanting to continue playing violin they're defintely gone after her inspiring words!

August 15, 2019, 12:46 PM · Two years as a (treble) choral scholar under Martindale Sidwell.
Then starting viola when my voice broke..
Edited: August 15, 2019, 6:17 PM · In 1980 I went to New York City to make it big as an actor and director. (That's a story for another time. ) I decided to go to the Metropolitan Opera and see Beethoven's "Fidelio". I wasn't much of an opera fan, but I figured if I went to the Met, I might change my mind. Well, standing room tickets were $5, so I got one and stood in the back of the main floor, where they had thee rows of slots for people to stand and watch the opera. Frankly, I wasn't impressed with the first act. Of course, having the stage so far away didn't help. Then, during intermission a man walked up to me and offered his ticket to me. "I'm a doctor, and I have an emergency so I have to leave." I said, "thank you," and looked at the ticket. It was fifth row center. Hence, sitting in the fifth row for the remainder of the play was like going from looking at stars without a telescope, to looking through the Hubble. It was amazing. Ever since then, if I have to leave a venue during intermission, I always go to the back rows and give my ticket(s) to someone sitting or standing there.
August 15, 2019, 7:12 PM · Adrian, do you remember the parody, "I saw a Maiden fall off a bus" (No, I never met Martindale Sidwell, but my brother sang in his choir and told me about the parody and the incident that sparked it)?
Edited: August 15, 2019, 8:26 PM · No John, I've never heard of that.
I was only in Hampstead Parish Church Choir from 1961-63, and one very Great Moment for us was singing in the Matthew Passion under Klemperer.
At the time, I didn't appreciate the privilege of sharing a concert with Pears, Fischer-Dieskau, Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Ludwig, Berry..
I was the only treble to sit right through the second half, which made me a Bach fan for life!
August 15, 2019, 8:36 PM · I encouraged my son to play guitar since he could only crawl, the rest he taught him self and he made his way through a jazz course at tertiary level. In his mid 20's we formed a blues duo, him singing and playing guitar and me on the drum kit. We played local venues and recorded a CD. We only needed to be a duo because his guitar playing made it sound like there was also a bass player.


That will be the most memorable musical experience of my life. Second to that will be hearing the opening bars to Carmina Burana with my baby sister singing in the chorus, or, was it when I heard her on the radio singing in the chorus of Handel's Messiah...

Edited: August 20, 2019, 2:24 PM · As a listener, seeing the Guarneri String Quartet live several times, with perhaps the most exciting performance including Beethoven Op. 59 #3 with a sizzling finale tempo. I still get chills thinking about it - I felt like the Maxell guy pinned to my chair...

Also, seeing the Berlin Phil performing Beethoven 5th and Bruckner 4th in Berlin. No other orchestra sounds like that! Likewise seeing the German State Opera performance of Flying Dutchman in Berlin with Barenboim conducting.

As a player, performing Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with my friend and fabulous violinist David Felberg. Next up might be a performance of Schubert's Quintet in C with the Petroglyph Quartet. Definitely high water marks in a very fortunate run of opportunities during the past few years. Several performances with the San Juan Symphony in Durango stand out, too - possibly the best one being as acting principal viola for Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (Jennifer Frautschi was awesome!) and Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. Super difficult work, put in tons of hours preparing, then rocked both concerts! Fantastic way to close that season.

Finally, playing in a chamber orchestra accompanying oud player Rahim Alhaj on several of his pieces from "Letters from Iraq". Very moving concert - he is an amazing composer, musician, and story teller.

August 20, 2019, 4:32 PM · So many experiences to choose from... Right now I'm remembering a performance of Elgar's Enigma Variations by the combined forces of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. As far as we could count, there were about 140 musicians crammed onto the Orpheum Theatre stage. All this power, under the hand of Maestro Bramwell Tovey, made for a thrilling experience.

Another memorable performance - in the same venue - was Jon Kimura Parker playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. He finished the first movement with such a flourish that several audience members couldn't resist erupting into applause right there and then. I was exhausted afterwards.

August 21, 2019, 9:28 AM · Seeing the Stern-Rose-Istomin trio play the Archduke, my favorite piece, in 1970 in Paris.
August 21, 2019, 12:27 PM · It was pretty big for me as a player in community orchestra when I really felt like I was able to play a piece in concert how I wanted instead of slopping and faking through, which was Respighi's Pines of Rome - Parts of that piece still give me shivers.

The other one was a concert a few years ago for the Colorado Music Festival with Borodin's Overture from Prince Igor, William Wolfram playing Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, conducted by Andrew Grams. I imagine that Mary Ellen Goree from this site was playing in that concert. The conductor, orchestra and soloist were so completely on the same wavelength for every piece that I felt like I was buzzing at the end of the concert, and Grams seemed to have the most natural rapport with the orchestra and soloist, and a very light touch as a conductor. Wolfram played so rhythmically tight and expressive, and every phrase made perfect sense.

Edited: September 1, 2019, 5:13 PM · Greatest/Best Performances witnessed ~

1.hearing/seeing HvK & his Berlin Philharmonic performing Prokofiev V in London's Royal Festival Hall, which was "Outer Galaxy" in projection with exhilarating wizardry by The Greatest Orchestra!

2. Hearing/seeing Nathan Milstein w/Philharmonia in both the Glazounow &
Prokofiev 1st Violin Concerti, with dazzling virtuosity, tone colouring, The
Milstein Sound, extraordinary mesmerizing personality & beyond fused
to soloist Orchestral accompaniments yet near 'Star Wars' special effects
in Milstein/Fruhbeck de Burgos Prokofiev 1 Violin Concerto collaboration/
Royal Festival Hall,'66, & knowing Prokofiev #1 well, watching Milstein
get lost, yet 'train it' back on with bravura!! Audience out of their minds
with dizzied hysteria due to being bedazzled by Milstein!!!!

3. Up close & personal (in our JH Violin Master Class) when *Mr. Heifetz
was just demonstrating a section of Solo Bach's chording in the 3rd C
Major Sonata, Fugue (6 pages) & switched gears to HEIFETZ IN LIVE
CONCERT, just 3 & 1/2 feet away, playing the full Fugue so amazingly
we 7 pupils All Rose Up in sync, astounded, then burst forth with fevered
Applause amid Tears of 'I can't believe what I've just heard - Jascha
Heifetz, our Teacher, performing from his Heifetz Mountain Top'!

4. Up close & personal at Milstein's home, in a 'tutorial' demonstrating in
the Saint Saens' B minor #3 Violin Concerto, suddenly performing as on
stages with the most heart wrenching beauty in the slow movement ... I
still weep, remembering those precious priceless moments of Milstein's
Saint Saens ... Also, his Dvorak Concerto at Chester Square ~ Milstein
sounded like God ~

5. Performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, in
'Ein Heldenleben' of R. Strauss, just under his Baton and so energised, it
sounded like a wild wind gust, with the fabled CSO Brass responding to
& with Solti Energy near blowing us all into the Orchestra Hall audience!
I was more than Thrilled to be making music in the Greatest Orchestra in
the World with Sir Georg Solti!!!

**Most Memorable & Moving Offerings as a Violin Soloist, thus far ~

1. LA Debut Performing Aram Khachaturian's Violin Concerto with the USC
powerhouse Symphony under Dr. Walter Ducloux, in Bovard Auditorium,
& all of us taking off as a rocket, it was so fueled hot!!! (Unknown 'til later,
Heifetz & Piatigorsky, were sitting in the audience & my parent's friends,
who spoke Russian, seated just behind JH & GP, overheard their grand
compliments & comments about my 17 year old self!!

2. Performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in Oslo with the California Tour
Orchestra, Poppa Matesky, conducting, & the to-become 50% future LA
Philharmonic, members so with me, it was a 'Happening', astonishingly
rewarded by the Oslo full house audience thumping & clapping in sync
for nearly 3 & 1/2 solid minutes! (This Concert was recorded, Live ) We
were really 'moving' in the 3rd Mov't "Allegro ma non tanto" with gypsy
'spells' of intrigue in my dialogue with great winds during my harmonics &
the uncanny extraordinary fusion of the percussive beats, together ~
Thank You my beloved, deeply missed Father ... (Oslo brought me the
Guarneri del Gesu Violin played ...)

3. Performing Sibelius' Violin Concerto 'Adagio di molto' in the Birth -House
of Jean Sibelius inThe Master's Living Room, before All Five Daughters
of Sibelius, other Sibelius Family, Finnish Dignitaries & Finnish Minister
of Culture proclaiming (after playing), the birth-house of Jean Sibelius
the 'Sibelius National Memorial Museum' with 15 TV & Film Camera's -
Audio Visually recording The Event just outside Helsinki, FI, on the Day
of The Centenery of Sibelius, December 8, '65, with Flowers presented
from the ill Madame Jean Sibelius by All Five Daughter's saying, "This is
our Mother's present for playing our father's Violin Concerto on his One
Hundredth Birthday, dear Ms. Matesky! We're sending you a photograph
of this to your address in London!" (All Five Sibelius Daughter's hugged
me . . . )

4. Performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor in London's
Fairfield Hall w/Arthur Davidson's Croydon Philharmonic w/surprise
unexpected visit from London critic, Robin Daniels, who came back
stage to compliment me on my performance which in his review he
stated., 'her clarity of intonation brings to mind, Nathan Milstein.' My
Artist Manager in London was thrilled to read that! (I recall enjoying the
collaboration between the Conductor & Orchestra with my portrayal
of this 'perfect violin concerto.'

5. Recording Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto in a, Op. 99, with the
Bamberger Symphoniker, & last minute 'sub' Conductor (for ailing great
Russian Violist/Conductor, Rudolph Barshai) HvK's Assoc. Conductor of
the Berliner Philharmoniker, Hermann Michael, for Sudwestdeutsche
Rundfunk in The 13th Century old Abbey, wearing sunglasses the first 4
hours fearing not pulling enough Sound to match & over-ride the huge
Bamberger oversized orchestra in the massive score, when Solo Violin
required massive sound & stretching a normal' Eury bow to pull doubled
sound which worked & grew due to my NM bowing techniques & by the
3rd Mov't Passacaglia, removing sunglasses 'psychological protection'
after the 5th hour - with all of us fused together making music of the
Great Shostakovich as One, yet knowing my father was close to a last
Good Bye, I deferred the kind offer to stop in early evening, saying I had
to finish to be able to fly back to the U.S. West Coast In Time ~ All great
musicians agreed & we finished late at night after at least 17 hours, non
stop ~ Saluting them all & Herman Michael, for their grand musicianship
& human beings with Soul, I've never forgotten that experience which
fueled such extra effort to project the angst amid profundity of Dimitri
Shostakovich's massive Score ~

(Barely at the Hospital In Time, God's Angel's flew me there with just
enough of Poppa's waning strength to promise him all needed w/love ...)

6. Playing my Violin following the passing of my beloved Mother, close by
to her with a 'holy' Solo Bach Andante she loved all her life, weeping
with an impromptu The Lord's Prayer, of Norman Della Joio's Piano
arrangement on my muted lone violin, honouring Momma's quiet . . .

August 23, 2019, 10:33 AM · Adrian, you must have missed my brother by under two years, but Mr Madin, whose mishap with the bus prompted the parody, might probably still have been there when you were there.

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