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Heifetz, Irving Berlin and Me.

Posted on December 23, 2016 with 0 comments

I spent the better part of December working on a project.  I had started the project last year but there is nothing like a deadline to get something done.  And Christmas was my deadline.  

Years ago Jascha Heifetz recorded White Christmas for Decca records.  It was a great recording and wonderful arrangement which was unfortunately unpublished.  What does that mean to me?  That means that I had to sit down and write it out.  It turned out that after writing it and filming it, I felt the need to put finger to keyboard and post something about it on violinist.com.  Strangely enough the post got traction and the good people at violinist.com put it on their front page...

here is the archived article http://www.violinist.com/blog/DShen/201612/20902/

 

What I did't realize was the amount of people who were interested in this arrangement.  It is indeed a great Christmas song.  I did my research on the piece.  I asked around for favorite versions and listened to different artists.  I was surprised by how many people cut out the introduction.  The whole reason that people are DREAMING of a white Christmas is explicated in the introduction.  

"the sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway.  There's never been such a day in Beverly Hills, L. A.  But it's December, the twenty fourth, And I am longing to be up North...."

Then the familiar part about dreaming of a WHITE CHRISTMAS.

My one piece of advice when you watch the video though is to watch ALL the way to the end!

 

ENJOY and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!