Sunday, May 23, 2010

Don’t Stop Believin’

Do you sometimes get the feeling the universe is trying to tell us something? During the week several brides had inquired with some urgency if we would be able to play Journey's 1981 hit Don't Stop Believin’. I had eventually relented and knuckled down to write a string quartet arrangement. Walking to my favorite corner of culture and commerce (Starbucks) on a lazy Sunday afternoon - the unrelenting ear-worm bouncing around in my head - I encounter this stop sign:



Friday, May 14, 2010

“Gabriel’s Oboe“ and “Nella Fantasia”

One of composer Ennio Morricone’s great movie themes - “Gabriel's Oboe” (from the 1986 film “The Mission”) has long been a favorite for wedding ceremonies. And with good reason. It has an uncanny way, like few others, of infusing a space with the sense of something serene, important and profound is about to happen.

Sarah Brightman eventually got permission (see clip below) to add lyrics in 1998 and the instrumental theme became Nella Fantasia" ("In My Fantasy") and has since then been covered by many others, including Celtic Woman, Paul Potts, Il Divo, etc.

Our client Carla in Portugal provided the necessary incentive to adapt and arrange “Nella Fantasia” for string quartet and voice:


Sarah Brightman introducing the song and what looks like the first performance in Sun City / South Africa in March of 1999:



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Other, recently requested arrangements that have been added to the “sheet music” section on the Gyros String Quartet web site include:

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’  -  Journey 
  2. At Last  -  Etta James 
  3. Everybody’s Free (to Feel Good)  -  from Romeo and Juliet (1996) 
  4. The Luckiest  -  Ben Folds 
  5. All the Heavens  -  Third Day 
  6. Ave Maria  -  Caccini 
  7. Gabriel’s Oboe  -  Morricone 
  8. Libertango  -  Piazzolla
  9. Amarillo by Morning  -  George Strait

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