“Summer Prelude” Bratislava Symphony Orchestra / Gerald Wilhelm Braden |


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Blue Danube Musikimpresario, Vienna, Austria:: https://www.Musikimpresario.com

I composed the Summer Prelude (Summer in Vienna) in 2017, as part of 4 pieces for my Four Seasons orchestral series.

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I am so happy to have met my new friend and colleague this year, the wonderful Conductor Anthony Armore from Vienna, Austria, my family’s original home. Anthony has worked tirelessly to help me arrange my first live orchestra performances, the first being this rehearsal performance with the wonderful Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, from Bratislava, Slovakia. They rehearsed and recorded my Requiem, and my Summer Prelude in one day, and this was a gargantuan feat! The musicians in the Bratislava Symphony are simply wonderful, and greatly talented! If you are a musician, imagine having to read, digest, rehearse, and perform 2 brand new difficult 10 minute orchestral works in one day…wow! I was online with them on Skype with one of my laptops (with a full view of the concert stage and orchestra), and on another laptop with a private audio connection, to communicate to the Conductor and Sound Engineer during the rehearsal and recording. This is not a “perfect” recording, as with a mixed recording for a commercial CD, just a simple rehearsal recording, though still sounds good. It was simply amazing and humbling, watching the Orchestra and Conductor from the start of the rehearsals, to the actual recording performances!

At the beginning of this “Summer Prelude” rehearsal and video recording, the Conductor Anthony relayed a message to the orchestra, telling them how much I appreciated their talent, and these performances, and how long I have waited for this day. It warmed my heart when the String sections tapped their bows on their instruments, as this is a very polite way of showing respect and thanks to the composer and/or a soloist. Sadly, I edited this out of this “Summer Prelude” YouTube video, because it was 90 seconds of talking before the performance began. I have been working very hard, promoting my music, to arrange live orchestra performances in the US for 4 years, with no positive results. In only 3 months, with the great help from Conductor Anthony Armore, we have rehearsed and recorded my “Requiem for Lost Loves” and “Summer Prelude,” and we have 3 more live orchestra recordings scheduled in November, and March and July 2021 in Europe. We will be rehearsing and video recording my “Autumn Poem,” “Winter Poem,” and “Ballad of Wounded Knee.” Hopefully, these live orchestra recording videos will all eventually result in some live concert performances with US orchestras, and others around the world.

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I would also like to thank all my fans and friends, that donated to my Facebook Fundraiser to make these first live performances possible. There are so many classical music loving friends such as Leonid Korelstein, Dennis Lewin, Dianne Cioce, Chris Cuda, Matt Weiss, Gary Noland, Jim Felter, Rohan Puranik, Randi Botnen, Paul Zimmerman, and so many others, that have been patrons of the arts for my classical music compositions. These friends cared enough about my music to donate anything they could afford, from smaller donations to larger donations, and I am so thankful! I dedicated my 3rd Piano Sonata to Leonid Korelstein, in thanks of his friendship and generosity. I hope you all enjoy my Summer Prelude, and all my music, and will Subscribe to my YouTube channel, share comments, and share my music with your friends. …Peace!