Fur Elise’s Wild Party
Starts off with a classical arrangement of Beethoven's well know piece "Fur Elise". It then breaks out into mad party music using the same theme, but greatly jazzed up. / CLICK HERE to learn more!
This piece was completed around July 31, 1981 while I was sharing an apartment with my friend Kevin L. Norwood in those days. Kevin and I met one day, at age 19, while attending Loyola University of Westchester, California. Kevin loved acting and music back in those days. We were doing one of our CA projects in Studio A, in the on-campus studios; when we were minus one actor for the comedy skit we were doing. The script was called “The Tom Morrow Show”. You can see it on my YouTube channel by visiting TheAstroboy9 channel.
Anyway, Kevin came up to the big studio doors that day, while I stood with the Producer and Director. I was the Associate Director on that project/exercise and was playing Tom Morrow that day while we had a full staff in studio for the production. We were learning how to budget time, people and management of facilities with a full scale production which was fun to do. I love the arts and sciences with a passion. I love the power they bear, when it comes to teaching and enlightening others.
When our actor didn’t show, I noted Kevin entering the studio and said to the guys; “I think we have found our replacement!” I ran up to Kevin and begged him to fill in for our missing actor. Poor Kevin wasn’t sure. All he had to do was say the same line in the right places to put the gags over in the script. He wanted to know his motivation having taken method acting lessons and I said: “You motivation is to save our butts so we can get an ‘A’ in this class!” That was good enough for him.
We got to be good and very close friends from then on. After graduation, we had taken a studio apartment in North Hollywood, California, with both of us interested in the music industry and the motion picture industry which is where I wrote this piece using a borrowed 4 track recorder from Kevin’s friend Ramone, who seldom let go of his 4 track, but who loved Kevin to death. Both Kevin and Ramone grew up together. So Kevin borrowed the 4 track to help me out.
I always loved playing Beethoven’s piece “Fur Elise” on piano. If you can imagine the time of Beethoven where everyone wore powdered wigs and the apparel of the day, which you see me wearing in the album cover of this single, this is how I would have had this piece performed on stage. I’ve taken Beethoven’s piano score into our more modern day colors of electronic instrumentality. I truly think Beethoven would have enjoyed it too, if he were here to appreciate what I did with this lovely piece he wrote. Then again, maybe this kind of arrangement is more Mozart’s kind of humor when I think about it?
So picture yourself attending a concert one day with me and my players on stage. My youth has passed, so it is something I’ll never do, due to my age and poor health. Picture the stage set up to show the late 17th Century…the time period of Ludwig Van Beethoven. As I open this piece in it’s normal style, but with embellishments as I add to the style and the electronic orchestra; while you sit in the audience, you see everyone come in from off stage a little at at time, dressed in powdered wigs and such, making the normal pleasantries and greetings of the day. Once everyone is done doing the societal greetings, the music suddenly breaks into this wild party-chase music, as the powdered wigs fly off and the men chase the woman, as well as the woman chasing the men: Add in some of the guys chasing the guys; and you have the makings for a really wild party! I had thought the music would have especially worked with enough gags on stage, through all the antics of the music, which sets up the madness of love in the moment, as sex takes each person down the pathway of hysterical play on stage to the full amusement of the paying audience. I think it would have been a fun production piece, if my dream of making it in the music industry had played out. Somehow, however my life was always being plagued by health issues and no support, starting with my family, which kept me from that dream in the end. So there you have the premise behind why this is written the way it is.
When I was born, my parents were living on Beethoven street in Santa Monica, not too far from where I was to attend college at Loyola University of Westchester some 17 years later. This was no accident either. I’ve had two full Near Death Encounters at age 25 and age 44: I was shown in death that I was born, while they were living on that street, to let my parents know they were going to be getting a musical prodigy: One at the calibrate of Beethoven himself. God is more in the details than most realize. He’s got nothing else better to do I might add.
I got a late start on my music studies in life, because I was given to a mother who was abusive and restless all her life, who also grew up in an abusive home. I had asked for piano lessons at age 5, but they never came. My dad was finally able to buy a piano when I was about age 9, but every time I tried to play it, the neighbors would complain about it being too loud. Well, it was a piano for Christ’s sake? What the heck did they expect? My mother thought I had lost interest in the piano, but I hadn’t. I was simply trying to honor everyone’s request to keep the peace. It broke my heart too, because I really loved music even then and knew I was here to participate in the talent explostion of the 1960’s and 70’s.
Finally, while attending a Catholic Charismatic prayer meeting at age 15, a nun named Sister Joan at St Francis Church of North Hollywood, decided to give me her nylon string guitar, as a gift, which was a great sacrifice for her back in those days, but she loved to hear me sing. I had been singing at the prayer meetings and everyone loved my singing voice. I had also written my first song entitled “The Sweetness of God’s Spirit” which is on this artist site in it’s instrumental form, as of this writing. I think I do have a voice recording, dating back to that time, which I’ll eventually load onto my CDbaby artist page, but that’s later.
Finally, after graduating from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, while starting my State scholarship at Loyola University, I decided to take on music, as my minor, while pursuing my technical communications arts and sciences degree. To my surprise, just before graduation, I was 15 units short of a double major. The scholarship money was to run out and I could not take the extra semester to complete the second major for a full diploma, but I think I’ve since made up for that missed semester after graduation, as you listen to the songs and instrumental work samples on my CDbaby artist page.
With each song, I give some history to when it was written and what was going on in my life that resulted in that particular work. Please support me, by buying the works of my youth. I’m disabled these days having fought cancer which went into remission 11 years ago, but am crippled by inoperable tumors, with no support coming from the system. The cancer was caused by bad sausage I ate at a local Von’s supermarket in 1994 which cost me my life and resulted in my second NDE experience in my life where I got to see heaven and visit our Lord in death. My life, both physically and spiritually, has been beyond the normal experiences of most I must say, but then I’m no ordinary prodigy. Too bad the original plan for my life was wrecked by my family in the end. I was shown this in death too. The world will never see me perform live on stage, as a result, given I’m age 55, with a badly damaged body. Fortunately, I did record many of my works either in sketch form, single instrument or full band arrangement when I was younger.
I don’t feel as accomplished as Mozart who wrote over 600 works before death, from syphilis, took him at age 36, but I did the best I could with what life had handed me regardless. I guess that is all any of us can do, even with our dreams and loves.
Please enjoy this work in the spirit of fun for which it was written.
© Kevin F. Montague – Bluefire Music Enterprises 1981 – 2012
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