bjsimon202: Musically Yours
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Tracks:
  Name Composer / Arranger Time
1. Tour of the Emerald Isle:
Kerry Dance, Irish Washer Woman, Garry Owens, Danny Boy, The Rakes of Mallow, The Girl I Left Behind Me, Sailor's Hornpipe
Traditional 5:25
2. Begin the Beguine Cole Porter
arr. A. Galla-Rini
3:51
3. 12th Street Rag Euday L. Bowman
arr. C. Magnante
2:26
4. Nuit Blanche Jo Privat & L. Hotellier 2:27
5.

The Rosary

Ethelbert Nevin
arr. A. Galla-Rini
2:28
6. Take Ten Frank Marocco 3:34
7. The Harmonious Blacksmith George F. Handel
arr. D. Balestieri
4:43
8. French Medley:
Love Is Like a Violin, Domino, C'est Si Bon, La Vie en Rose, Poor People of Paris, The Can Can
Traditional
arr. A. Galla-Rini
6:50
9. The Holy City Stephen Adams
arr. A. Galla-Rini
4:55
10. An American in Paris George Gershwin
arr. A. Galla-Rini
8:06
11. String of Pearls Glenn Miller
arr. Chuck Berger
2:40
12. Malaguena Ernesto Lecuona
arr. A. Galla-Rini
4:59
13. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Don Rayel / Hughie Prince 3:26
       
Sound Samples:
  Name Time mp3 File Size
1. Tour of the Emerald Isle: 30s 1.14mb
2. Begin the Beguine 30s 1.14mb
3. 12th Street Rag 30s 1.14mb
4. Nuit Blanche 30s 1.14mb
5.

The Rosary

30s 1.14mb
6. Take Ten 30s 1.14mb
7. The Harmonious Blacksmith 30s 1.14mb
8. French Medley: 30s 1.14mb
9. The Holy City 30s 1.14mb
10. An American in Paris 30s 1.14mb
11. String of Pearls 30s 1.14mb
12. Malaguena 30s 1.14mb
13. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 30s 1.14mb
       
Description:

The Spring of 2005 marked my 50th year of playing the accordion. From the day a door-to door salesman brought a 12-bass accordion into my life, it's been an awesome run and I thank God for giving me this talent. Music transcends all language barriers and through it, I've learned my geography. USO Tours have take me to Greenland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Germany. Touring with "Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians" gave me more of an appreciation for our United States. Playing in the Accordion Orchestra of the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) took me to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Musicianary friends living in Hong Kong accompanied me on performances in Meizhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan, where I appeared on a variety show on Chinese satellite TV. Along the way, I've met wonderfully talented people who have had a great infuence on my playing.

I have orchestrated several of Anthony Galla-Rini's inspiring and challenging arrangements. "The Rosary" was arranged for the left hand with the right hand joining in on the second half as a counter melody. In "Being the Beguine," I particularly love the way he uses the bolero effect. I added a solo guitar effect in "Malaguena." which is unique to this arrangement. I was inspired by the Boston Pops rendition of "An American in Paris. "It was particularly demanding, as there are over 48 different sound combination changes within 8 minutes!

Frank Marocco's "Take Ten" is an outstanding example of jazz on the accordion. Chuck Berger's rendition of "String of Pearls" inspired me in the effective use of the MIDI. George Handel's "Harmonious Blacksmith" demostrates the capability of the classical accordion with the use of the "free bass."

Much love and gratitude goes to my teacher, Joan Cochran Sommers, for her professional guidance and the use of her Titano "free bass" for this recording. I don't think I would have finished this project without the love and encouragement fom my husband, Wolfgang. Many thanks go to my friends and colleagues, David Sager and Steve Patke, for their expertise on drums and reeds. I want to thank my parents, Bill and Carrie Stubblefield, whose devotion and sacrifice made my musical career possible. Ultimately, I want to praise the Lord Jesus for his saving grace.

Until we meet again, I remain Musically Yours


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