Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A RARE DISCOVERY





Last night I happened to find some more of my old piano recordings and this particular one shocked me, because I had completely forgotten about it. It's one of the many transcriptions that I wrote when I lived in Hollywood - and (to be brash for a rare change) it's definitely one of my best.

This is my piano arrangement of the theme from the 1960 film  The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. The music score was originally written by Adolph Deutsch.

Strangely enough, I've never seen this movie - but I always loved the music from it. And I always wondered why such a beautiful film score is so seldom heard. I wrote this solo piano transcription to use in my repertoire when I performed.

Unfortunately, my original piano manuscript was one of the many things that the movers lost when I came from Texas to Tennessee. All I have left is this unedited recording.

Listening to it puts me in a romantic Hollywoodized mood: intoxicating moonlight, dangerous cocktails, soft candlelight.....
....and - of course - an accommodating pianist.
(*smile* inserted here) 

 

20 comments:

  1. I like the recording very much, but I can't say I remember the song, though it sounds familiar. "intoxicating moonlight, dangerous cocktails, soft candlelight.....
    ....and - of course - an accommodating pianist." I'm your clay....mold me!!!!

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  2. that is a beautiful song and arrangement Jon. First time I've heard it. We are simpatico in the feeling that listening gives us. It's a shame you lost so much during your move. I was sure your missing items would eventually turn up.
    Ron

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    1. Music has always been mu true love...and one of the few things that has always kept me going.
      I have a list of over SIXTY important things that the movers "lost". I wasn't insured, and they don't give a crap. I'm still so upset over this that I can hardly function. I'll NEVER trust anyone again.

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  3. Beautiful. I like to hear s piano player really bare down on the keys. The elderly lady who use to play at church really could. Gave me chills. The minister's wife is a very timid player but is leaving soon. We will probably be singing without one. Wanna come fill in? Or do you play hymns?

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    1. Believe it or not, I do play hymns and I like them...but I'm not sure I'd want to play in a church on a regular basis.

      But I could always change my mind....

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  4. Seriously startled tonight. This theme from The Apartment is one of my short-list, all-time favorites! Listening, I feel a bit sorry for your ligaments. (LOL)

    Like another (favorite), I'm reluctant to see the movie "Days of Wine and Roses" because it might affect my enjoyment of the score.

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    1. And here I thought I was the only one who ever heard of "The Apartment".
      I definitely agree with you - - I feel that watching the movie might affect my enjoyment of the music.

      I like Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, but neither of them fit my romantic, idealized idea of what the music score of "The Apartment" represents.

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  5. Jon, your arrangement is magnificent. Magnificent. It's 2 a.m. and I just posted a thing for National Poetry Month on "Trainride..." and was glad I stayed up a little longer after a busy and tiring day to hear your flawless music. You are remarkable.

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    1. Your positive input is greatly appreciated, Geo. While listening to my old piano recordings, I often astound myself. As I recall, it only took me a few hours to write that arrangement.
      I had no idea April was National Poetry Month. I appreciate the reminder. At this point in life, I sometimes have to be reminded of my name....

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  6. Wow, I'm impressed. And, as a hillbilly type person, that is far from my kind of music. But that is great!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Donna!
      After I left California I lived in the Missouri Ozarks, West Texas, and now the wilds of TN. I feel very much like a hillbilly-type person.

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  7. Good morning Jon (7:15am your time), I love this music. And, the Apartment was the first "grown-up" movie I ever saw. I watched the movie years later and chuckled then cried, chuckled and cried. Typical of a movie of that era. It seems to me one of them received an Oscar for the movie. Your transcription took me back to sitting in the car at the Drive-In and all the sights, smells and noises I experienced for that time.

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    1. Billy Wilder won a whopping three Oscars for "The Apartment" - for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay. Lemmon and MacLaine were noiminated but didn't win.
      I'm delighted that my transcription provided fond memories for you!

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  8. I'm terrible. I never seem to remember the music from movies. I have seen The Apartment a couple of times, but don't remember this magnificent piece of music. :)

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    1. There are many times when I remember the music more than the film. It's the curse of being a musician.

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  9. Love the music but like you NEVER saw the movie. Perhaps now it will be on my to do list.

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    1. The movie got high ratings. I've seen a few clips of it in Hollywood documentaries. Somehow the acting and the story don't seem to coincide with the beautiful music.
      Perhaps my expectations are too high.

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  10. Oh my, I had forgotten about it too - then your performance reminded me of the tune. What a dramatic performance. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny - I'll definitely have to watch the movie one of these days.

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