Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fiddler on the Roof!

My mother-in-law found a fine gem in a local music store a while back - the Cadenza and opening number to the 1971 film "Fiddler on the Roof" by John Williams.  For some awesome reason, I've enjoyed an affinty for Klezmer music since visiting the historic Jewish quarter of Kazimierz in Krakow, Poland ages ago.  A few years back I attempted to transcribe the piece - unable to locate a copy online - but got about as far as a few dozen measures before finally giving up.  It was a genuine surprise to me when I opened a Christmas present to see the title page smiling back at me.

Recently I had the opportunity to play the piece with an exceptional pianist from the ward (aka a local congregation in Mormon-speak) for a musical talent show.  Mazel Tov!