A Night to Remember

‘TWAS TWELFTH NIGHT EIGHT YEARS AGO  when my wife, Lolita, using my Flip Video camcorder portrayed me playing my own keyboard interpretation of two well-known songs, “Danny Boy” and “Edelweiss”.

Here are the first two verses of the beloved Irish Ballad “Danny Boy”:

“Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling,
It’s you, it’s you must go and I must bide.


                                     Irish Hills

But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow,
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow,
It’s I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow,—
Oh Danny boy, Oh Danny Boy, I love you so!”

What follow are the two verses of “Edelweiss”:

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me


                                    Edelweiss

Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever

Since our immediate and extended family – in the USA, Canada,  Europe, India and Australia – have applauded the effort many times ever since, I’ve taken the liberty of using the YouTube version accessible in this blog to memorialize the occasion on its eighth anniversary: here it is – Twelfth Night

The video setting is the drawing room of our condo in Englewood, New Jersey, USA, scene of many family gatherings on festive and celebratory occasions for the past 35 years.

Afterword
In 1932, the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco wrote Twelfth Night, a delightful 10-minute concert  overture, which was first performed in Rome on January 6th., Vittorio Gui conducting. In his music, Mario emphasizes the character of the Shakespeare play rather than the plot. If you feel the urge and have the time, you may check out the music of Twelfth Night right now.

References
My Online Diary; Encyclopedia of Concert Music by David Ewen

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