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From time to time I get asked what my
favourite kind of music is. I have often
realized that a piece of music which has instant
appeal to my own taste, usually has it’s roots
in one of the old classical compositions - and
so it is with the title track on this album.
Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ was the inspiration for
‘MIDNIGHT BLUE’, a contemporary arrangement that
was recorded by Louise Tucker, a British band,
in the early ‘70's. This song commanded a
lengthy reign of popularity on the ‘hit parade’
Most of the songs in this collection have been
on somebody’s ‘hit parade’ some time or another.
However, a few of these titles will be
unfamiliar. Over the years, a number of
compositions have come along bearing the title
‘Ave Maria’ - ‘Ave Maria no morrow’ is one of
the lesser known pieces - none-the-less, it’s
A long time ago I attended a ‘Trad Jazz’ concert
in London that featured many of Britain’s finest
jazz musicians. One of these musicians was a man
with the unlikely name of ‘Acker Bilk’ - a
clarinet player who introduced his new song,
‘Stranger on the Shore’, at this concert. It was
an enormous hit that still gets airplay on some
of those stations that still play instrumental
During a conversation I was having with a
friend, I was saying that some of my most
cherished music is included in my LP collection.
Later, I overheard her young son ask, “what’s an
LP, mum” - more recently, I was explaining to a
lady that we weren’t able to get cassettes
anymore. Her young daughter made us all laugh
when she asked “what’s a cassette” . .’not
really that old are we! So, in my old LP
collection I have a favourite album called ‘The
most beautiful German Folk Songs’. It is one of
seventy albums I have by ‘Klaus Wunderlich’, a
musician I have admired and appreciated for many
years. On this album is a medley track that
includes three songs: ‘Little Ann from Tharau’, ‘Gold and Silver is What I Truly Love’ and
‘Lullaby’ by Brahms. Three beautiful melodies
‘Love is Blue’. . surely not! . . I think that
love is a sort of warm Rose colour. This
haunting melody has such warmth and richness,
and I took full advantage of it’s wonderful
possibilities for counter harmonies.
Being an unabashed romantic, I am always
enchanted by Offenbach’s ‘Barcarolle’. The
musical poetry in this composition is sweet,
gentle - and, yes, certainly romantic.
I decided to finish this album with something a
little bit more boisterous, because you may be
nodding off by this time. From the mists of my
early memories comes ‘Heykens Serenade’. This is
one of those songs that I always enjoyed
hearing. It’s a marching song, most often played
by brass bands or pipe bands. It was also
popular in the dance halls of old England as a
dance called ‘The Palais Glide’. I arranged this
piece ‘brass band’ style and followed it up with
‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ as the grand
“He marched them up to the top of the hill, and
he marched them down again”.
I dedicate this memorable old nursery rhyme song
to the kid in all of us. :)