A Classical Medley

I’ve been fascinated by classical harmonica music ever since I first heard Buddy Greene rock Carnegie Hall.  I was hooked immediately and set out to learn what he was playing.  Fast forward 5 or 6 years, and I’ve managed to learn a handful of different classical and opera pieces, or at least major themes and melodies from them.  I’ve been working lately to string them together into a fluid medley so I can play them for an audience.  Tonight I thought I’d share what I’ve worked out so far.

By the way, if anyone can help me identify the melody that starts at 1:26, I would be most grateful.  I have heard the name of it before, but can never remember who or what the song is.  It’s just a song I know.

Have a listen and enjoy!


About Parker

I'm a woodworker by day and a musician by night, a blogger on the weekends and an artist when I can find the time.

One comment

  1. Bo

    The melody at 1:26 is called “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland, which is based on “‘Tis a Gift To Be Simple”. It sounds like you have a good melodic flow. Keep it up! Nice blog. I’ve been interested in trying Seydels but the cost and lack of opportunity are the reason for not trying. I’ve been set on Hohners Sp. 20’s, G. Melodies, and recently some newer standard Marine Bands. I also have a Suzuki Olive and Hammond.
    I know you have your opinion on them. It was probably gapping issues that can be solved with a knife (to open the coverplates) and a toothpick to push in the reeds some. It’s really not too technical and you should try it if you still have them laying around!

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