A Few Tunes

Posted: 3/19/2005 7:53:16 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

OK...I guess I'll start. You can find good theremin fodder from many genres. Of course the more lyrical and melodic the better. Christmas and religious music is always a good source. I start with popular music because it's something I'm familiar with and has catchy melodies. I'm not ready to tackle the classical stuff quite yet.

Here are some of my favorite practice pieces. Some of you younger folks may not care for some of this, and I'm definitely dating myself.

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Our Day Will Come - Words & Music by Bob Hilliard / Mort Garson
Recorded by Ruby & The Romantics, 1963 (#1)

http://www.ftlcomm.com/ensign/ensign2/landscapes/sunNsnow/ourDay/ourday.html

http://www.theguitarguy.com/ourdaywi.htm

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The End of the World - Sylvia Dee / Arthur Kent
Recorded by Skeeter Davis / The Carpenters

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When You Wish Upon a Star - Writer: Leigh Harline; Lyrics: Ned Washington
From the Disney film "Pinocchio"

http://solosong.net/wish.html

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Some Day My Prince Will Come - Words & Music by Larry Morey / Frank Churchill
From the Disney film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000055XD7/002-1942667-3678463?v=glance&s=music&vi=samples#disc_1

http://www.theguitarguy.com/somedaym.htm

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Brian's Song - written by Michael LeGrande
From the film "Brian's Song"

http://www.geocities.com/PicketFence/Garden/4631/bryansong.html

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Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme) - Words & Music by Paul F. Webster & Maurice Jarre
From the film "Dr. Zhivago"

http://www.ziplo.com/Somewhere.htm

http://www.theguitarguy.com/somewhe2.htm

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Moon River - music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer
From the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

http://www.reelclassics.com/Movies/Tiffanys/moonriver-lyrics.htm

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow - music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
From the film "The Wizard of Oz"

http://www.peterpringle.com/music/rainbow.mp3

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Anytime (You're Feeling Lonely) -
Recorded by Eddie Fisher

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Release Me (and Let Me Love Again) -
Recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck (and others)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000044U4A/qid=1111277231/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-1942667-3678463

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Sleep Walk -
Recorded by Santo and Johnny

http://www.sleep-walk.com/

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Dark Shadows Theme
From the gothic soap-opera "Dark Shadows"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000014YG/qid=1111278628/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/002-1942667-3678463

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Let There be Peace on Earth - Words and music by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
(Hymn)

http://my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis/songbook/peace.html
Posted: 3/19/2005 7:58:32 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Here's a page for a link to a short mp3 of "The End of the World"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000002WS9/qid=1111280169/sr=8-2/ref=pd_csp_2/002-1942667-3678463?v=glance&s=music&n=507846
Posted: 3/19/2005 8:12:17 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Here's a page for a short link to an mp3 of "Anytime"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005LN5F/qid=1111281029/sr=8-2/ref=pd_csp_2/002-1942667-3678463?v=glance&s=music&n=507846
Posted: 3/20/2005 4:59:09 AM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

Make sure you add these to the newly built 'repertoire' page of theremin world! Then they'll be added to the other (growing) list of pieces.
Posted: 3/20/2005 5:20:01 AM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

I just added them myself (the ones with links that weren't just samples)
Posted: 3/24/2005 9:07:26 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

"When You Wish Upon a Star" is one of my favorite tunes to mangle on a theremin. It's not easy - there are lots of several-note jumps followed by half-steps, so it's a great song to practice your fine control.

Auld Lang Syne is another easy one to try.
Posted: 3/24/2005 10:39:22 AM
DiggyDog

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005

Has anyone played "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess?

We are thinking of adding that one to our repertiore (if I spelled that right!)

I think it lends itself to some slided, which will make it a bit easier to play.
Posted: 3/24/2005 5:47:40 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Here's another one I've found to be a great practice piece.

A Lover's Concerto - Written by Sandy Linzert / Denny Randall
Melody an adaptation of J.S. Bach's Minuet in G
Performed by Sarah Vaughan / The Toys / The Supremes

http://www.jacquedee63.com/loversconcerto.html

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000003GXV/qid=1111702488/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-1942667-3678463


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For Reference:

J.S. Bach's Minuet in G

http://easysurf.freeserverhost.com/music/song15.htm\

http://www.mutopiaproject.org/ftp/BachJS/BWVAnh114/anna-magdalena-04-guitar/anna-magdalena-04-guitar-a4.pdf
Posted: 3/24/2005 6:02:22 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

DiggyDog - Yes, Lydia Kavina recorded her version of "Summertime" on her "Concerto per Theremin: Live in Italy" CD. It is available at CD Baby (when in stock). Here's the URL:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lydiakavina
Posted: 3/24/2005 7:09:41 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Here's another little gem to play.

Edelweiss - Words and Music by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers
From the film "The Sound of Music"

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/lyrics/eidel.htm

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