Been listening to a recording of this warhorse piece and I'm wondering what "definitive" recordings people can recommend and availability...
Do you really want finesse in the Muczynski? I've always felt like the second movement should be played like a punch to the face, not a delicate romp. I have not heard Rousseau's recording of this piece, but I have heard Underwood's - don't care for his sound compared to Rousseau, but I did like his (Underwood's) musical decisions.Nate94 said:I'd also go with the Rousseau. Seems to me he plays it with a bit more finesse and refinement. I'd love to hear the LP with Kynaston, sounds pretty interesting.
That is true - Muczynski conceived of the work as programmatic. The first movement is the desert at night and the second movement was supposed to be a predator chasing it's prey in the daytime. I still think the second movement should be "in your face."thejoyofsax said:It was also going to be called "Desert Sketches" or something along those lines, because much of it was composed at Muczynski's house in the Arizona desert. The two decided it probably wouldn't sell as well with such a characteristic name.
I believe that run is in measures 64 and 65.thejoyofsax said:If you want to give the piece a pseudo-authentic flair, there is a run in the 2nd movement ... I can't say which measure because the score is in my car ... but I believe it begins on middle C#, and at the end are the eighth notes of high C# and the A just below that. That entire run was initially composed up one octave, but at the time (early '70s) Trent had some trouble playing it that way and suggested the edit. He puts it in now when he performs it.