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What a Day That Will Be
The worst often strikes unexpectedly and finds us at a great loss, especially when it’s about losing forever someone we love. One can never be ready enough to face it but has to find somewhere the strengths to go on. For Jim Hill, the sickness of his mother-in-law was a turning point in his life, as a Christian and as a composer. Puzzling over the life’s injustice that hit his family, Jim tried to visualize a glorious day when everyone would be free from suffering. The lyrics of the song he drafted in a burst of inspiration on a random piece of cardboard turned into the hymn “What a Day That Will Be”. Hill’s emotional live performances of the song with the Golden Keys Quartet were always warmly met by the public. The perfectly captured comforting thought of a day “when God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying” made the song a Gospel music gem but most importantly – an encouraging anthem for many people in times of hardship. The composition caught on, filling human hearts and practice rooms. While today it’s available in various digital formats – downloadable PDF, printable score, with voice or as an instrumental solo – the piece is most often played on the piano, violin and guitar. We suggest checking out our interactive sheet music version of Jim Hill’s famed hymnal that can be instantly printed out for practicing.
Erik Satie’s Seductive Waltz Je Te Veux
A simple “I Want You” is the English title of Satie’s most romantic and instantly recognizable song “Je Te Veux”. This 3/4 time waltz is nothing like other works by the eccentric composer (generally much darker and somber in mood), but ironically, this cheery stand-out is his most popular composition to play. What also makes it unusual and attractive for the performers is an obvious dichotomy of the sentimental and nostalgic melody and the exotic lyrics by Henry Pacory – erotic and blatantly sensual. “May your body be mine, and may all my flesh be yours”, appeals the author romanticizing the past. Satie originally composed three score versions – voice and piano, brass orchestra and full orchestra. The sheet music for piano solo that is so loved today appeared much later and has an additional section after the 2nd chorus prolonging the beautiful melody and letting the listener fully taste the nostalgia feel. The piece is often performed on guitar, violin, flute, but the piano solo arrangement remains the top favorite. Feel free to download the PDF sheet music to Eric Satie’s melancholic waltz “Je Te Veux” in our catalogue and enjoy playing the timeless French classic.
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"Umzug" is a piano piece closing the first CD of María Mendoza. This is a minimal style 5-minute piece that describes the perpetual movement and harmony of a train ride ("Zug" - train in German) with two stops on the way. It symbolizes the train voyage of the jews that carried them to the nazi concentration camps. You can download the sheet music "Umzug" by María Mendoza
Dario Salvi is an Italy-born composer, arranger, conductor and member of the Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain. His interest in music was displayed at a young age and soon developed into the studies of soprano saxophone. It went even further when the young man joined the army where he became the Deputy Bandmaster in the troops he served until moving to England in 2011. As an in-demand bass player, Dario Salvi used to be touring Europe and the US a lot. In England, he received a Master’s Degree in Сonducting, founded the Imperial Vienna Orchestra and arranged music from Viennese Archives. Besides heading the orchestra, Dario Salvi is the musical director of three reputed music bands and a specialist in Viennese and salon orchestra music. You can learn more about Dario and download the sheet music of his arrangements for orchestra, concert, brass and military bands at his personal site at MusicaNeo.
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