I think it is fairly safe to say you have never heard a Trombone-Viola Duet. The very few exceptions would be some members of my family.
I arranged this for my Aunt Mika’s 90th birthday 6 years go.
My brother and I performed it, and that’s been the only public performance…until now. Although my aunt’s birthday is in August, I’ve been thinking about her and this piece and didn’t want to wait.
I originally had no idea how it would sound, and I was pleasantly surprised by the musical combination. I figured, if one viola and trombone sound okay, two trombones and a viola should sound better, so I was happy to recruit another horn. I’ve also added photos of cherry blossoms I’ve taken in Japan and here in Portland.
I dedicate this to my Aunt Mika and to anyone celebrating their birthday during this crazy time.
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It may sound academic and dry. Admittedly, it does appeal to my degree in Psychology.
However, they take really interesting stories (the international space station, a Zamboni driver, Star Wars, professional gamblers, etc.) to illustrate various traits of human behavior and biases. Experts are interviewed to explain these in understandable terms.
Best of all, practical advice is give on how to avoid falling prey to these inherent human biases and irrational decisions. Fascinating and practical!
This song was stuck in my head when I woke up this morning.
My father and I performed a piano and violin arrangement of this song this decades ago in a hometown restaurant. It comes from a book of Fritz Kreisler arrangements.
Here I am playing it on the viola instead of the violin. It has a lot of double-stops (playing two notes at the same time), which are difficult on most string instruments, but especially on the viola – an instrument notoriously difficult to play in tune.
The 1939 romantic British pop song, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” by Maschwitz and Sherwin has been performed by countless artists. I was first introduced to it by an a capella rendition on a Manhattan Transfer album.
A month or so ago, long-time family friend and bassist extraordinaire and founding member of the avant-garde jazz group, Oregon, Glen Moore, posted a video of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Michel Petrucciani performing it.
The song got stuck in my head and so I reached out to friends of mine to record my transcription for string quartet.
Here it is:
The lyric, “The whole wide world…seemed upside-down…” takes on a much different tone today.