I'll be looking at the moon.... A musical question....

I'm developing a medley for an up-coming performance which includes the following pieces:

How High the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon 

Moon River


Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Seranade

Moonlight in Vermont

Which piece should open and which piece should be the finale of this lunar musical interlude?

This is not a riddle or a trick question. 

I'm interested in the input...re what would make this an interesting and entertaining effort and offering. ...

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Comment by marilyn sands on September 12, 2017 at 6:09pm

How Romantic - "Moonglow" from the movie "Picnic" & "Fly Me to the Moon" - my top favs.

"Moonglow" should be first & last.  Good luck, Ron.

Comment by Ron Powell on September 12, 2017 at 8:11pm

@MS; I like the idea.

Comment by Ron Powell on September 13, 2017 at 6:10am

@Kosh;  I  will try to incorporate the first minute and eleven seconds of the Moonlight Sonata and segue to one of the other tunes listed.

If you listen closely you can hear exactly where that will occur:

Any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions re which song should come immediately after the Sonata?

The difficult aspect may be deciding on which piece should come immediately before the Sonata, and how to get there...

I don't plan on a lot of modulation to change keyes beyond that which the chosen sample of each piece offers, and you know that I do my best thinking in the key of C....

In most instances the first 12 to 16 bars of any popular tune pretty much identifies the melody such that an audience can recognize and relate in such a way as to determine that the piece sampled creates the phonic illusion that the piece has been 'played'...

Comment by koshersalaami on September 13, 2017 at 6:51am

I like both those versions. Harry James does a nice job. 

Good call as to how far to take the Moonlight Sonata. I don't much like the performance here. The triplets should be much quieter than the high melody, accompanying that melody rather than competing with it. I just took a quick listen to three versions of that first section and I think I like this one best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6YCSeeMN4I

I also listened to Daniel Barenboim and Alfred Brendel, but I like the Horowitz better, even though the audio is worst. 

I could give you a good segue out, but it depends on a key change which I don't know if you want. If you play the Beethoven in D minor, meaning you raise it a half step from the original, you end up with the last note in your segment as a D. Go from there to, melodically, drop to the C, then ascend to F, then G, and you,ve started How High the Moon in F, not a difficult key. 

Comment by Ron Powell on September 13, 2017 at 7:43am

@Kosh; What I like to do often is use the last note of a sample as the first note of the next piece...Audiences seem to enjoy being taken by the "surprise"....

For example:

A My Fair Lady Medley can be played in any order using the technique

Wouldn't It Be Loverly

On the Street Where You Live

Accustomed to Her Face

I'm Getting Married

Danced All Night

Can be played in the same key with the last note of a sample being the first note of the next tune. ..

I have fun with it and get good audience response/reaction. ....

However,  the segue you suggest to How High the Moon is intriguing.....

The Moonlight Sonata  performed by Horrowitz is also my favorite rendition...

In case you hadn't noticed, the Horrowitz version you linked is quicker by three seconds to the transition note....


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