This is my entry for the Sonic Groove Live Contest, week 10.
I play an Adaptation of Shostakovich's second Waltz for organ. This type of composition is more suited for theatre organ than for church organ. I thought it a nice idea to try and make it work on a (admitted, rather large) Baroque organ. My fellow organists will probably ban me for this, but I actually quite like the reult. I hope you do too.
In my introduction on the video I mention that is Waltz thiis part of the second (Jazz) suite. That is not correct. The manuscript of the second Jazz suite was thought lost in the second World War. Another suite of 8 orchestral pieces was later thought to be to second Jazz suite, until the original manuscipt resurfaced. The suite that for 50 years was thought to be the second Jazz suite was then renamed Suite for Variety Orchestra. And it is from this Suite that the Waltz I play here was taken.
The Suite for Variety Orchestra contains two Waltzes, hence Waltz nr. 2. It is in c minor with a middle section in E flat/A flat major. The main theme of the Waltz has such a natural beauty that you cannot but wonder why it was not composed a 100 years earlier. And once you have heard it, it sticks in your head. To make this recording I spend the largest part of this morning with this music. And I know I'll have it in my mind for several days to come...
The written music is still under copyright, so no score to read along with the music.