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Pianist Laura Leon

PETER SCHICKELE: Dance of Uncertain National Origin from "Three Uncharacteristic Pieces" for B flat Trumpet and Piano

"I have always been ready for the occasional piece, and after enjoying the particularly pleasant hospitality of Charles and Connie Gottschaulk in Orlando Florida in the spring of 1981, I found myself thinking about a piece for trumpet and piano (I knew that Charles Gottschaulk played trumpet in addition to conducting the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra with which I was appearing).

The resulting bagatelle (first movement) seemed to me to have echoes of various different cultures--middle European and Mexican, for instance-hence the title "Dance of Uncertain National Origin." The first performance of THREE UNCHARACTERISTIC PIECES took place on "The Listening Room," Robert Sherman's program (one of the last bastions of live music on radio) on WQXR in New York City; Raymond Mase was accompanied by the composer on the piano." (Peter Schickele).

This performance of "Dance of Uncertain National Origin", was performed by trumpeter Caleb Hudson of the Canadian Brass and pianist Laura Leon, as part of the 75th birthday Steinway Hall concert honoring Peter Schickele.

Recorded live by Joseph Patrych at "A Concert in Honor of Peter Schickele: A 75th Birthday Season Celebration." March 29, 2011, Steinway Hall.

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