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Published on Dec 16, 2010
Peter J Blume performed two more Classical pieces at the 2nd Annual Christmas Concert, held at Holy Rosary Church in Hawthorne on Sunday 12/5/10. The Pianist is once again Nadezhda (Nadia) Papayani.
The 1st piece here is called 'The Glen Eden Polka'-which is another concert polka by Chas. W. Storm. "I think it went well, although I'm not really sure what happened at the ending—I missed the 1st or 2nd note coming out of the cadenza & there was just no recovering at that tempo. But that's all part of the beauty & challenge of LIVE music, & I think it's still worth a watch."
The 2nd piece here is called 'Square Dance' (by Robert L. Sanders). Peter rearranged the piece & rewrote much of the Piano part. "I had practiced this piece by myself for many years without ever knowing what the actual accompaniment part sounded like; I liked the trumpet melody very much & over the years must have started hearing my own way that I thought the accompaniment part should go. When I actually heard the composer's written accompaniment part, it was so different from what I was hearing (at least in certain sections) that I decided to write my own version down as well. I did incorporate much of what he wrote into my arrangement, however I think my changes make the piece sound a little more 'Copland-esque'('Elmer Bernstein-esque', or 'Dave Grusin-esque', etc) which is kinda where my head is at with this one. Maybe I'll call mine 'Appalachian Square Dance' just for the distinction! I do like Sanders' own accompaniment part though—even those sections that I didn't use, & in many spots his ideas were more complex than mine." *For a comparison between the 2 arrangements, please check out the Music Minus One recording of this piece ('Square Dance')—performed by Raymond & Margaret Crisara (Father / Daughter). It is quite dated, but the playing is exceptional & it is also currently the only other known recording of this piece.
Overall though, not bad for another 1st time performance for both of these relatively obscure pieces. Hope you enjoy!