Orefici Melodic Studies

Orefici's Melodic Study #19. Comments on the Viennese dance style in the study and the dance of the cosmos by Terry B. Ewell. BDP #351. www.2reed.net.

[Excerpt from Orefici #5, performed by Terry B. Ewell]

Well, the last two studies in this collection are, I think, international in nature. In Study 19 we leave Italy and find ourselves in the salons of Habsburg Society in Vienna. This waltz etude then is less of an operatic Italian concert piece and more of a stylized Viennese dance.

The second note of the etude, G#4, has already received my fingering solution in Etude 13. I use the alternate fingering here but find that my regular fingering works best in the trio section starting at line 10.

Now any sort of dance reminds me a bit of the concept of dance and the cosmos and the whole universe working together that was developed in ancient days, continued through the medieval period, and was particularly written about in C. S. Lewis’s writings. His last book, The Discarded Image, brings up this idea of everything moving in love and harmony towards God and everything set in motion.
There is also a beautiful passage in his novel Perelandra about the great cosmic dance of the planets and stars with God.

Well, I hope that in this etude that you are either able to imagine the Viennese waltz or the cosmic dance of the planets. I hope that you enjoy it. Bye.

[Excerpt from Orefici #5, performed by Terry B. Ewell]