I have been compiling a repertoire of movie theme music to perform at a corporate function tomorrow night which has movies as its theme. Just added The Godfather Theme (Nino Rota). I was familiar with the tune but don’t recall having ever played it… until a few moments ago. Beautiful tune, now committed to memory, with a refreshing key change in the middle. Remember the theme from A Summer Place (Max Steiner)? I don’t recall ever seeing the film, but the theme music remains one of the most melodic melodies of the 1960’s. The most popular version was recorded by Percy Faith, which earned him a Grammy Award in 1961. A Summer Place was the first movie theme and the first instrumental to win a Record of the Year Grammy.
I inspected the Steinway Patent Grand piano at Masterton Town Hall to ensure it was of an acceptable playing standard before Saturday night’s performance at the Kaumatua Ball with special guest Sir Howard Morrison OBE. Somewhat lacklustre for a Steinway. I was informed that the instrument had recently had extensive maintenance and tuning for last weekend’s performance with Dame Malvina Major. I wonder how the pianist managed that night. I found this particular Steinway wanting and doubt that it has been given the attention it needs. The bass and extreme treble were clear enough, but the mid-range notes lacked volume and tonal clarity, and the action left something to be desired. Overall, it would be hard work making this instrument sing in the middle register.
Listening to Getz/Gilberto, the classic bossa nova album which became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all times. Getz/Gilberto spent 96 weeks in the charts and won four Grammys. It remains one of those rare cases in popular music where commercial success matches artistic merit. How I hadn’t discovered this album before now still boggles me. A must-have for all lovers of bossa nova in its purest form.
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