Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Bespin

Fantasy on "Fiddler on the Roof" for violin & piano by John Williams

Recommended Posts

The original Broadway musical was written by Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics).

Williams arranged, adapted and re-orchestrated (with help of Sandy Courage) Bock's theater score for the film version, almost to the point of actually re-composing much of it. For example, the big violin cadenza in the main title is penned by JW.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The version performed by Gil Shaham in the recording above is the usual concert arrangement prepared by JW back in the 1980s for the Pops (it's also been recorded in this album), the same one he regularly performs often in concert.

The violin/piano reduction instead is new to me. But I dunno if it's been prepared by JW or someone else.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The violin/piano reduction instead is new to me. But I dunno if it's been prepared by JW or someone else.

Well, on the website John Williams is credited as the composer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"Excerpts" does'nt mean that the "Fantasy" that we talk bout is really in the book. Do you own it? Have you compared the partition and the new recording?

On the web, I've found some references about a performance (live?) of Isaac Stern called "Fiddler on the Roof - Cadenza and Fantasy".

Is it the same work?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Now that Perlman also recorded this Fantasy on "Fiddler on the Roof" (on "A John Williams Celebration" BD), I will add it to the "Concert works" section of my disco.

Do we know any "premiere" performance for this particular work in concert?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...