STORIES FROM VIENNA WOODS

I don’t know when in my youth I must have first heard Johann Strauss’ “Geschichte aus dem Wiener Wald” (Stories from Vienna Woods). But the music came alive again during our stay in Vienna, especially in the neighborhood of Neustift am Walde.

As Elizabeth is my witness, ever since we got to Vienna on June 5, and settled in our wonderful country inn in Vienna woods and vineyards, I just could not stop hearing practically Johann Strauss’ wonderful waltz “Stories from Vienna Woods.” It has been with me practically 24/7. Even when I wake up at night, I find myself creating my new arrangement on a Clavinova.

So for the last several weeks, I have been trying to reconstruct this waltz from memory, without using any sheet music. And last night (July 5), I recorded my own version of it, including a new orchestration which is a little different from that originally ascribed to Johann Strauss. But the core and the spirit of the piece is the same.
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MY BIRTHDAY SONG FOR 2017: “CAPRICCIO ITALIEN”

MY BIRTHDAY SONG FOR 2017: “CAPRICCIO ITALIEN”

For the last seven years, my spirit guides have been giving me musical assignments before my birthday. They came to me both in dreamtime and daytime. I was to learn to play them and record them as my birthday gifts from the Spirit realm.

I was never aware of this gift until after I had already started to play the music. And it always arrived in May (my birthday is June 3 – Saint Constantine Day). I suppose my guides wanted to give me a chance to learn and record the music before my birthday.

This year, it was Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien”.
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