Beverly Sills – 1977- “Let the Bright Seraphim” w/Doc Severinsen

I wanted to share this you you only because the possibility of having these two great musicians together is extremely rare and it also demonstrates that a “Jazzer” can sometimes step up to the occasion when called upon. As you can see, Doc realized the situation he was in and was not completely comfortable with the experience.

And he did it on a Bb trumpet, not a D trumpet.
To most trumpet players who have perform this number, we realize why we choose to play it on a D and not a Bb.

The way Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion Should Have Been Written


How many times have we all enjoyed George Frideric Handel’s Oratory, The Messiah and wondered if he had written it incorrectly? I would venture a guess that I may be the only one on the planet. The reason I have even pondered this possibility stems from my preparation for a solo this week at a church. Sunday is Easter Sunday and I decided to perform the aria “Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion”. After searching the internet for a suitable copy, I finally found what I was after and began practicing my part. After three attempts to get the feel of the number, I realized that it was written incorrectly. Each time I played through the solo, I came to the same conclusion- the music is written incorrectly!

As you can see from my printed page, my edited version fits more comfortably with the text than the original. How could this have happened and why hasn’t anyone realized it before now? My first thought was that I had downloaded music which contained the error but after subsequent searches, I found that each copy was the same. In my corrected version, the emphasis on the melody falls at the natural spots and in the original they are off by two beats. After finding this to be true in all of my copies, I decided to ask several of my friends who were more knowledgeable on the subject than I. After contacting these people I found that many did not share my concern and only one was able to give me the answer I was after. No one had a problem with this discrepancy but me.

Because of my determination to perform my solo as easily as I could, I set down at my computer to rewrite my solo part. After the better part of an hour, I finally had what I needed, my corrected version of the aria. Whether you agree with my conclusion as to the correct or incorrect version of this piece is not important. More important would be which version is easier to perform and for that reason I have included my “improved version” for your use. With the changes I have made, you should find it much easier to perform.

If you have strong views on this subject, please write me for it would be very strange that I would be the only person uncomfortable with an important section of the Messiah after all these years.

Download revised solo- Rejoice Solo -revised

Problems Binding E-Books and Music

Technology has advanced at an incredible rate in the past decade and with it has followed problems which will have to be addressed. Two such developments are the issues of copy right laws and printing E-Books transmitted over the Internet. Small cottage industries have begun to blossom all over the world with offers to show you how to grow bigger roses, find hidden gold and where to locate your long lost relative. Each of these instructional booklets are distributed through the Internet and the digital signal is sent to your personal computer to be downloaded and eventually printed. Welcome to the wonderful age of electronic information distribution. You are able to read off your screen everything you have ever wanted and in due time, you realize that you would prefer printing this material out so that you could store a hard copy for your future reference. Page after page shoots from your printer as your valuable information is printed. What a wonderful world this is. Then comes the problem. How can I bind these many pages into a conventional book?

Possibilities for combining pages into a book

  • Staple pages together- For any more than a half-dozen pages, this is very impractical.
  • Paper clip together- same problem
  • Punch and attach plastic hinged binder- Best way to combine pages in consecutive order. The problem with this approach is that the equipment to punch the appropriate holes is expensive as is the plastic, hinged binders. One solution has been to take your material to a printing shop and have them do the work. Again, this is also expensive and in some cases, stores have been refusing to do the work on E-Books because of the possibility of copyright law infringement. One such chain of stores is Staples Office Supplies. Many people have tried and found that it is a store policy to refuse material distributed through the Internet which could be copyright protected and they have been requiring written permission from the original author to bind this material.
  • Punch holes for inserting into a three ring binder. This is a great way to store your pages but every other page would be blank.

Possible solution to you dilemma

Combining material into a handy and easily accessible format became a problem for our trumpet ensemble and after several months fighting the problem, we came up with a workable solution. Because of the fact that many of our arrangements were two pages in length, and would need to be shuffled in different order, we decided to place them in three ring binders. This gave our music all the protection needed and looked professional on the stage. Once the order had been decided for the next concert, all of the arrangements were arranged in order and once on stage, the concert program was taken out and placed on the stand to perform. There was little chance of losing pages and once the concert was over, back into the binder went the music. This has worked out for our music very well but you might ask, “How can I use this concept for storing an E-Book”?

Solution to the blank page problem

As I stated before, our music is printed on one side for easier reading at a concert. Double sheets require that both sides be visible, for turning pages is not practical in our situation. If you want printing on both sides of each page for your E-Book, this will require that you set the printer up to print in this fashion.

If you have already printed your material on just one side of your paper, then you can follow the same steps we use to store our single sided arrangements.

  • Place page one and two in front of you.
  • Tear off about two inches of masking tape and tape the two pages together in the center of the pages.
  • Flip the pages over and place two more two inch sections of tape on the back but this time place one section of tape an inch down from the top and the second one inch from the bottom.
  • With page one and page two taped together, close and place the left side of page one in a three hole punch and have at it. Then fit these pages into the left side of your new three ring binder and continue with the rest of your material.

We have used this procedure for more than three years now and have not had any issues with the tape in any way. Placing three pieces of tape at three different locations gives the binding strength and still does not cause the pages to bind together at the hinge.

Your final step would be to print a label for the cover as well as the end of the folder so as to make selection easy when you search on your shelf for your book.

At Last, A Better Plunger!

plunger 1For those who occasionally pick up a plunger to entertain the masses, you may be interested in my new choice.

This is available at Lowes for the modest price of $2.24 and with about two minutes to alter the original, you can have the best plunger I have ever used.

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Modifying your new mute-

1. Place on table and with a hack saw, cut off handle to match included picture.
2. Sand smooth if need be.
3. Pick up in left hand.
4. Place in bell.
5. Play a note as you move the mute around.

………any questions?

If you would like to hear how it sounds, just click on MP3 below.

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