Skip to comments.FReeper Canteen - Tunes for Troops/Wedding Celebration - 20 Oct 2012
Posted on 10/19/2012 6:13:46 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God
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Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.
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God Bless Our Republic
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
with liberty and justice for all.
Prayers going up
Here we goes ...
Sergeis American tour in 1909 had brought him into contact with a country where there was opportunity. He had especially been smitten with New York. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
Traveling from Norway to New York by ship, Sergei was greeted at the dock by a Western Union delivery boy massacring his name as Sir Jee Ratch-man-off. With the assistance of fellow Russians on board who could speak English, he perused two telegrams, one from Boston and one from Cincinnati.
From Boston came the offer of the directorship of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Boston? Nice town. First rate orchestra. Good community of Russian scholars at Harvard and other schools. Great intellectual climate.
From Cincinnati came a similar offer with their orchestra. Cincinnati? Heavily southern German and Catholic. Hog butcher to the world. Second tier orchestra, but could be whipped into shape.
Had Sergei received a third telegram, one offering him the directorship of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, history might have taken a different turn.
Sergei Rachmaninov was best known as a conductor first, then a composer, then a pianist. He was the leading conductor of Russian opera in the business. But Russian opera doesnt travel very well. There are probably no more than five or six Russian operas in the active repertory outside Russia. Then there was the problem of working as a full time conductor. This was not yet the era of the itinerant conductor, and he would spend all but two weeks of the year with his orchestra. The pay would be good, but not that good.
Sergei turned down both offers. The Boston slot would go to Serge Koussevitsky, another Russian emigre, who would become the matinee idol conducting star of that city.
While it wasnt yet the era of the itinerant conductor, it was still the era of the great itinerant flamboyant pianist. Teresa Carreno had just died. Ferruccio Busoni was still on the stage, although his career was about over. Josef Hoffman, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Rosina Lhevinne, Alfred Cortot, Artur Schnabel and Ignacy Paderewski were packing concert halls. The young Arthur Rubinstein was making waves, but he was in Paris. A teenager named Vladimir Horowitz was getting noticed, but it would be years before he could escape the Soviet Union.
Sergei believed he could blow them all off the stage.
He quickly found an agent, Charles Ellis. Steinway offered him a piano, and Ellis booked him for concerts in 40 American cities.
Sergei signed with Edison Records for a 10-side deal, but the relationship with Thomas Edison was rocky at best. Sergei didnt like his recording techniques, his house piano, or his lack of interest in signing him to a permanent deal. He went across the street to the Victor Talking Machine Company and inked a better deal in 1920. What made this deal more palatable was that Sergei was given total creative control.
In addition to performing and recording his own music, Rachmaninov built up a repertory of Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. The sonatas of Schubert were almost unknown at that time, but he added the Schubert impromptus and musical moments to his repertory. What he needed was a collection of encore pieces.
His first arrangement from 1918 wasnt an encore piece, but something to begin a concert. Sergei wrote an arrangement of the national anthem of his adopted country. Josef Hoffmann had written an arrangement in C Major that was bombastic to the point where you could actually hear the bombs bursting in midair. Sergei decided to write in the traditional key of B-flat, and his arrangement was simple, dignified and had some haunting chord changes at the end.
The Star Spangled Banner (Rachmaninov on piano via Ampico piano roll)
Congrats Mr and Mrs Old Sarge!
Hand over heart & prayers up! *hugs*
Only a few close friends and family saw the smiling Sergei and heard his basso profundo belly laugh. Most saw the stern, reticent and aristocratic Russian who viewed himself as a musical anachronism. He didnt understand the new music coming out of Vienna and Paris, and he settled for writing pieces rich in melodic content.
For his collection of encores, he turned to the music of Fritz Kreisler, the greatest violinist of the era and his best friend.
Kreisler: Loves Sorrow (Rachmaninov on piano via Ampico piano roll)
Kreisler was tickled pink by this arrangement because of the pretentious buildup in the introduction. Youd never guess that what follows is one of the cutest bon-bons of the repertory. Listen to what Sergei does with the melody and harmonies.
Kreisler: Loves Joy (Rachmaninov on piano via Ampico piano roll)
Sorry I messed up my code sending it to my other computer! Rats!
But wishing you a lifetime of wedded bliss! *Hugs*
~ Tunes For Troops / Wedding Celebration ~
FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT
Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.
The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
specifically designed to provide entertainment and moral support for the military.
The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.
We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.
|The music page will open in a new window. There is the option of clicking on individual songs or clicking the Jukebox link. If you choose the Jukebox link then the page can be minimized while you continue surfing:
Here is a list of the songs in the Jukebox:
Artist/s - Song Names:
Bloque 53 - Angel
Bloque 53 - Baila La Negra
Bloque 53 - Barcelona Tiene
La Negramenta - Blanquita
La Negramenta - Chalala
La Negramenta - Dime Que Te Digo
La Tremenda - Copos De Nieve Risa De Sol
La Tremenda - Lunes La Semana Completa
La Tremenda - Morocha Mi Corazn
Orquesta Sabadonga - Aqui Traigo Bailador
Orquesta Sabadonga - Bailar Era Bailar
Orquesta Sabadonga - En Casa De Maria
Paul Lopez - A Study In Salsa Minor
Paul Lopez - April Nocturne
Paul Lopez - Guajira Blues
Venezuela Salsa World Series - Abriendo Camino Elewa
Venezuela Salsa World Series - Ahora Le Toca A Usted
Venezuela Salsa World Series - Ahora Vengo A Cantar
A lil chair dancing coming right up! *Hugs*
I figured I’d start with Rach’s version of the national anthem. I might do that more often.