Rondo for Lifey

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  1. bandman

    bandman Forte User

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    I went to a very nice recital last night and I heard a piece I had never heard performed live (I had heard Wynton's recorded version of this piece, but not many people play as well as Wynton). The performer on trumpet was pretty good, and the pianist was fantastic, so this was nice. The piece was Rondo for Lifey by Leonard Bernstein.

    There have been a lot of people ask about difficult solo material for high school and young college age students. I really thought this piece was cute, and for a good high school student looking for something very fun and very challenging to play I thought I'd suggest this piece.

    For a student that would like to hear a nice recording of this piece Wynton Marsalis has it on his On the Twentieth Century CD.
     
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  3. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    I am going to play this piece at the 2006 Brass Conference. I first performed the work, "Rondo for Lifey," at a Brooklyn Philharmonic concert that was conducted by Lenny and Lukas Foss. We played all the little brass pieces of Bernstein. Lenny conducted his "Age of Anxiety" symphony, with Lukas Foss playing the solo piano part. The concert finished with the "On the Waterfront" suite with Lukas Foss conducting. Lenny gives the first trumpet license to blow the walls down at the end of the piece. I love it.
    Wilmer
     
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    Im going to be playing rondo for lifey as one of my performances for my A-level music course i also think its a really gd piece, very effective but not too difficult.
     
  5. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

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    Funny, wasn't "Rondo for Lifey" written for someone's elses dog?

    Eric

    Also isnt the Wynton recording on the Classic Wynton Album?
     
  6. Jimi Michiel

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    Eric-

    Rondo for Lifey was one of a series of pieces written for Bernstein's friend's dogs. Others include Fanfare for Bima, Waltz for Mippy Elegy for Mippy I and Elegy for Mippy II.

    "Classic Wynton" is a kind of "Best of" CD that combines tracks from several of his previous CDs and a few extras (a really nice Prayer of St. Gregory, I think...). If you look on the liner notes, you'll probably see that Rondo for Lifey was originally taken from the "20th Century" album.

    Best,
    Jimi
     
  7. adohanian

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    there is also a really good performance by Phil Smith on his NY Legends CD
     

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