A Very Special Birthday Song
I was inspired to write this piece for my dear mentor,
It was 1983, and his 80th birthday,
and nobody had written anything!
He loved the works of Paganini and Wieniawski,
and I thought that if either of them had heard Happy Birthday
they would have most certainly written variations.
So I began, and in some strange way, many of Paganini's pieces,
i.e. Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento
, Il Palpiti
as well as the 16th caprice in the G major
seemed to fit against the main theme!
I wrote it for 2 violins, alternating parts,
so nobody would feel like a 2nd violin.
I also threw in a little of Milstein's favorite
Bach partita at the end!
I subsequently recorded it with me performing both parts.
In 1986, violinist Henri Temianka turned 80, and for his birthday,
I added the Scherzo Tarantelle
variation, also recording that.
It has always been a fantasy of mine
to video a recording with myself playing both parts,
and until recently, it was not an easy task.
Thanks to the miracles of technology,
it was now VERY possible to do this, and add the unique perspective of
"flipping" one of the parts, to appear to play left-handed.
This has made many people giggle, as well as feel a bit uncomfortable!
I hope you get a lot of enjoyment watching this video, as it is, in the least, a "one of a kind"! My gratitude to the wonderful videographer/editor Joel Moody, and the luminous
Lucia Micarelli for her Artistic Direction!
Here is the video: Bruce Dukov Media
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