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Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto - 2nd Movement



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This is the Andante from Mendelssohn's violin concerto played by myself on harmonica, accompanied on the piano by my son Lee (leemiguel2004) and perfectly recorded by Caroline and her Snoball microphone.
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caroline said 4149 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
completely amazing....
i had soooo much fun with you both today - thank you, thank you - i am sooo sorry about the hiss!! i need someone to tell me how to take it!! LOL - let's do it again really soon!! big loves xoxoxoxoxo
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drakonis said 4149 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Beautiful soulful performance
Lee does so well on the piano, and you did a wonderfullly flowing performance on harmonica... now we have to get Caroline to do better with the technical bits! (smirk)

So, do you find harmonica/piano transcriptions of these pieces, or transcribe them yourself, or mentally sight-read the violin score? Impressive performance no matter what!
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Harmonesque said 4149 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Violin Concerto
Thanks so much for your kind remarks Eduard. I normally use any music published and the Mendelssohn is the violin edition.

I like your music very much and will listen to some of your other pieces. Perhaps you have a piece for me to record sometime!!

Cheers, Carol
Feter said 4149 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto - 2nd Movement
WOW ...realy ? Mendelssshon with Harmonica ?
thats impressive my friend ...lovely lovely
music and sound ..now thats a real Gem ...
thnx alot for sharin such gem ...!!!!!!
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Harmonesque said 4147 days ago (June 14th, 2008)
Hi! Feter
Thank you for your kind remarks, we really enjoying doing this now we have many appreciative people.

Wishes, Carol
kassia said 4149 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Mendelssohn on harmonica. Can't get better than that! This is amazing. And beautiful. And creative and full of talent and brilliant. You both play wonderfully (and I'm sure Caroline was a great cheerleader/recorder/producer)! Thanks for sharing this!
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Harmonesque said 4148 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Thanks so much for you lovely comments,it's great to hear what other people think of your playing and Lee is such a fantastic accompanist.

I love your music, Remembrance, it was beautiful and calm, very flowing music, lovely composition, you have done very well indeed Kassie, thanks!

Cameron said 4148 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Great set of pipes!
Caroline pointed me to this page and I'm so glad she did!

I wouldn't have believed that a harmonica could sound so sweet, until hearing this wonderful rendition of the slow movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

As a professional horn player, I have sat in the orchestra as many violinists have performed this work. I must say that your version is every bit as expressive as theirs. In fact, I am amazed at your subtle, tasteful phrasing.

Harmonica is one of those instruments which seems simple on the surface, but must be devilishly difficult to play as well as you do.

Lee's piano accompaniment is in excellent balance with your solo.

Altogether this was a most lovely listening experience, and totally unexpected!

This kind of music is exactly what MJ needs now. What a great breath of fresh, new air! Thank you for sharing this.


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Harmonesque said 4148 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Silver harmonica
Hi Cameron, thank so much for your kind comments. The harmonica I play was made by a friend in Germany many years ago and is solid silver, I think this helps to get a sweeter sound. I love playing this instrument, but you sound like a very professional musician yourself, it's a great vocation in life.

I am going to listen to your music now, it's such an exciting world this Macjams!!

said 4148 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Wonderful piece, great playing and performing by both. Loved the composition and the key changes.. Thanks for sharing, really nice!

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Reinholt56 said 4148 days ago (June 14th, 2008)
Hi Carol......
I love the sounds of the harmonica and this piece sounds beautiful and is played beautifully.

More, please, more.

Oliver Twist.

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Harmonesque said 4147 days ago (June 14th, 2008)
Hello Reinholt56
Thanks so much for your remarks, we hope to do a lot more of these pieces soooon!!!

Cheers, Carol
richardhowardjones said 4146 days ago (June 15th, 2008)
You never know just how timeless and beautiful a classical piece can be until you hear it done from an unexpected medium. Well, tan my hide and take me out to lunch if this ain't one doozy of a tune!
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Harmonesque said 4145 days ago (June 16th, 2008)
Thanks Richard!
I might be medium but not unexpected!! The harmonica is a unique instrument with all sorts of peculiarities...hope to get more pieces on sometime soon!!

Thanks again for your comments,

Cheers Carol!
Char said 4136 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
Oh my God!
You have won me over to your harmonica and your deft playing. Lovely. Very thoughtful accompaniment to showcase your talent. Thank you, to you both. :)
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Harmonesque said 4131 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
Hi Char
Your lovely words really spur us on to do more with our music, it's a just a matter of time to record these.

Thank you so much again Char,

Peace, Carol
composerclark said 3735 days ago (July 31st, 2009)
Wow! I am SO impressed! Who'd have thunk you could do justice to Mendelssohn on a harmonica, but you have definitely done so! Beautiful!

And nice to be able to perform with your son, too!
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Harmonesque said 3725 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
Hi Clark!
Thank you for your kind words. Lee and I so much enjoyed recording this one and it was the first take thank goodness! I always think of the harmonica as playing like a violin as it's easier to express the music.

Regards Carol
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