Sometimes Life is Funny

Right? Am I right?

This song was written way back in 1903 by Hans Engelman. It is titled “Melody of Love.” We don’t hear much about Hans these days, but during his time he was quite popular. And he had great piano hands.

So sit down with that someone special, and listen closely……..

(Artwork by Paul Klee.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Klee

Campfire Stories

I have always heard that campfire stories should always be accompanied by music. To that end, here is a song from the songbook “Original Piano Duets for American Composers.” It is titled Around the Campfire. You may have heard another version if you were here yesterday.

And here is another song from the same book, titled Village Festival. I took creative license and named it Festival of Lights. I am not sure why.

So That’s What Gymnopedie Means

This was one of the first songs I learned in the music program at school. It is titled “Gymnopedie No. 1” by Eric Satie. Most versions are slower than this, but since we all have busy schedules I gave it a quicker tempo.

Eric Alfred Leslie Satie (May 17, 1866 – July 1, 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. He was the son of a French father and a British mother. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, but was an undistinguished student and obtained no diploma. In the 1880s he worked as a pianist in cafĂ©-cabaret in Montmartre, Paris, and began composing works, mostly for solo piano, such as his GymnopĂ©dies. He also wrote music for a Rosicrucian sect to which he was briefly attached.

Eric Satie in 1920

Is it just me, or does this song sound similar?

https://youtu.be/fI4kPSO7CNA

It is Finished

I have finished transcribing all 18 songs from the music book Piano Literature, Volume One. All of the songs were written in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras.

The eight composers are as follows:

And here are the last five songs:

Dmitri Kabalevsky A Little Song:

Dmitri Kabalevsky Waltz:

Dmitri Shostakovich March:

Bela Bartok A Winter Tale:

Bela Bartok The Lonely Traveler:

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