Heifetz, Irving Berlin and Me.

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  It was a great recording and wonderful arrangement which was unfortunately unpublished.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!

 

2 comments

  • Franciska Roose
    Franciska Roose
    Dear Mr. Shen, I saw your post on violinist.com about Gweedore Brae by John Crowther. I've been looking everywhere for the sheet music, and contacted Carl Fisher Music after reading your recommendation. I haven't heard back from them after I sent them a signed photocopy licence agreement. I wanted to aks you about your experience, how you managed to complete your transaction with them. Kind regards, Franciska Roose

    Dear Mr. Shen, I saw your post on violinist.com about Gweedore Brae by John Crowther. I've been looking everywhere for the sheet music, and contacted Carl Fisher Music after reading your recommendation. I haven't heard back from them after I sent them a signed photocopy licence agreement. I wanted to aks you about your experience, how you managed to complete your transaction with them. Kind regards, Franciska Roose

  • Darwin Shen
    Darwin Shen
    i apologize for not responding earlier. Carl Fischer is ridiculously slow now. When it was part of Eastman it was very simple to contact them get a quote and then have them send it out to you. I have tried in the past couple of years to do somethings with Carl Fischer and always it is a slow process that somehow never comes to completion

    i apologize for not responding earlier. Carl Fischer is ridiculously slow now. When it was part of Eastman it was very simple to contact them get a quote and then have them send it out to you. I have tried in the past couple of years to do somethings with Carl Fischer and always it is a slow process that somehow never comes to completion

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