Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Performed by Matt Mazzei, violin, and Keith Snell, piano left hand; and arranged by Kathleen Ryan.
And I didn’t have to do a thing! Well, that may be understating it somewhat, so I had better clarify.
I arranged Somewhere Over the Rainbow for my friend Keith Snell and his violinist friend Matt Mazzei to perform and record. Arranging for piano left hand alone and violin was an interesting challenge for me, made even more “interesting” because Keith wanted the music pronto!
As you may have guessed from reading this blog, I really do not like to write “pronto!” What I like to do is take my time and feel my way through the depths of a song before I commit to any notes.
But Keith wanted to be able to get the video recorded before he made this trip to Bath, and therefore he wanted the music just as quickly as I could create it. Hmm... well, even though I’m a turtle at heart, I can speed up if I must. I composed the arrangement in about 3 or 4 days.
Off the music went (what did we do before computers, Sibelius, and the internet?) and Keith and Matt proclaimed themselves pleased with it, and then they recorded it. The video is up at YouTube, but hey: I embedded it above, just because I can.
By the way, Keith and Matt made this video recording in support of the Rainbow Delegation, which I urge you to check out and support.