New Year's Eve Musicale Recap by Tom

We had 15 participants for the final Musicale of 2020. Can't believe that the year is nearly over with by just a few hours.

We welcomed Eve Shalley as a visitor today. Eve is from Maryland and has been playing piano for the past 48 years.

Sabine was successful in passing her Level 9 recital at the Royal Conservatory. Congratulations!

Michael started off by playing "Sheep May Safely Graze" by Bach - a beautiful rendition on his piano.

Judy beautifully played a Scriabin Prelude op13, No. 3, and Respighi's Siciliana, from Ancient Airs and Dances.

Next up Sam with a nostalgic and soothing "Forgotten Dreams" by Leroy Anderson.

Gail pleased us with her lively rendition of James Piermont's "Jingle Bells", arranged by Johnny Hodges.

Ruth continued our Musicale by playing portions of the last movement of Beethoven the "Tempest" Piano Sonata. Joe Chapman talked her through the motivic elements of the piece and pedaling. Then she played and sang a very sweet Christmas time composition she wrote in 1977.

Shoko expressively played the first and second movements of Beethoven Sonata No. 2 in E minor.

Carol continued our Musicale by playing her beautiful harpsichord - Rameau's exotic sounding "Tamborine" and Byrd's "Woolsey's Wild", a drinking tune that originated in bars.

Utako finished us off with Poulenc's charming and well-phrased Novellete in C major .

The final Musicale for 2020 brought together a wonderful group of performers and a varied mix of music styles played on piano and a harpsichord. We are all looking forward to 2021 when we can, hopefully, get back together in person as the GMG family. Happy New Year to everyone!

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