Well, this picture says it all! It comes from a postcard I happened to find near Spearfish, South Dakota this summer and was the very title for the article I intended to write for the newsletter. I hope you enjoyed some free time and are refreshed for another new season. I am so excited that there was an overwhelming response to the theme of dance music for the PPMTA recital scheduled for November 12, 2016.
The last time PPMTA used the dance as inspiration for a recital was in 2005. Since then, several new members have joined who may appreciate a few suggestions of potential repertoire. Some veteran members might also enjoy a waltz down memory lane as well.
We have stated the obvious in the write-up for the handbook for this recital: “Dance” music includes but is not limited to dances of the Baroque suites; mazurka, polka, polonaise, waltz, tarantella, arabesques, etc in any historical era; or music with fox trot, march, can-can, cha-cha, boogie, rumba, ragtime or tango rhythms, etc. The name of the piece need not refer to the type of dance it represents or its rhythm (examples are The Glass Slipper or I Found a Star, or music from A Chorus Line or 42nd Street). Instrumentalists and singers are welcome to participate in this non-competitive recital. Several song titles I found from the over 225 previous participants had humorous titles. Citing several which tickled me or are some of my all-time favorites are Dancing with Frankenstein (Faber); Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky); Jamaican Rumba (Benjamin); Love That Boogie (Bober); Hermit Crab Cha-Cha (Olson); Doo-Dad Boogie (Glover); Polonaise in g minor (Bach); and Anitra’s Danz (Grieg). Undoubtedly, the music of Chopin, Beethoven, Rameau, Bartok, Praetorius, Brahms and Burgmuller were very well done.
Fast-forwarding to the June 2016 CSMTA conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Timothy Brown, a very prolific composer and a very nice gentleman. Over coffee one morning, I asked him to go through his catalog and make suggestions of pieces suitable for this recital from his body of work. While the choices of music are vast and are entirely at your discretion for your students, I wanted to share Mr. Brown’s thoughts with you with respect to his compositions. If you want to explore his music for the advanced students, he suggested “Spanish Gypsy Dances” from In Style! Book III. His syncopated Danza Espanol, Andalusian Rhapsody, Aragones, Mardi Gras, and graceful Grand Waltz in Ab Major and Valse Caprice are all suitable for the intermediate student. Starlight Waltz and The Evening Star are his recommendations for the elementary student. His catalog is large and encompasses an intelligent and engaging repertoire that prepares students for successfully approaching the master composers’ works. Graner music has some of these pieces on display and would be happy to assist you with an order.
Carol Jilling has graciously agreed to chair this recital. Please mail checks for entry fees to Linda Densmore, 6670 Sky Hawk Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 by 10 PM on October 11, 2016. No late entries will be accepted. Per PPMTA rules, recital entries are accepted through the website and checks need to be received by due date above. Please refer to the PPMTA Handbook for further details.
Let’s Step in Time and find the One piece that inspires…..(almost) Anything Goes!
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