This musicale was enjoyed by a small group as there had been several cancellations. Even so, we thoroughly enjoyed the music and the fellowship with one another.
Jeffrey began playing a few excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “June Barcarole Op 37 No. 6”. He intends to continue polishing this piece for a future musicale. Anna was up next with Grieg, always a favorite. "Arietta", the first piece was so soft, flowing, and peaceful. The second piece, “Til Varen” (To Spring) was a familiar melody. As Anna played through the piece, I could picture the earth coming into full bloom. Grieg captures this idea brilliantly as the piece plays out. The Haydn “Sonata Hob:xvi 50”, 1st Movement was played by Utako. This movement was lively and graceful with beautiful embellishments. She did go on to play the 2nd movement. Natale changed the mood to dreamy and full of wonder with “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This was a beautiful arrangement, and who can’t imagine being a child in the Chocolate Factory. Finally, Ed played Rachmaninoff’s “Etude Tableau”. I could picture someone boldly heading toward a situation or challenge to conquer, and the situation is resolved at the conclusion of the piece. Then Ed pulled out his Darbuka, a middle eastern drum, an ancient instrument that goes back about 3,000 years. He played the drum to a recording titled, “Andalucia Nights”. Thanks for teaching us something new. Hopefully, more of the group will be able to hear Ed play this drum the next time.
As always, it’s a joy to share the gift of music together.