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“It’s a moisture valve,” insisted Barbara with a grin as she held her horn over a cloth and opened a small hole in brass tubing. In my old high-school band we called it a “spit valve,” but Weidner home is a much classier setting. To play a trumpet, musician purses her lips tightly against small round mouthpiece and makes a vibrating, “pbbbbb” sound. Inevitably, this sends a lot of “moisture” into instrument, and it must be drained as it builds up. Good thing this was an outdoor performance. I was reminded of an earlier Soirée at which Eric Ruske joked, while draining his French horn into a planter box, “This is why you don’t invite a horn player into your home.”
From stage right (by sliding glass door) comes a bright fanfare from Barbara’s trumpet, heralding unmistakable Carmen Fantasia, music from Georges Bizet’s famous opera. Carmen is an alluring young Gypsy woman working in a cigarette factory in Seville, and trouble ensues when a soldier and a bullfighter both fall for her. Charlie answers with his own flugelhorn fanfare from stage left (near bar), and action begins. From well-known, rollicking “Toreador Song” to slow, sensual “Duet” to frenetic back-and-forth of “Gypsy Song,” this suite exudes passion and color. It’s a wonder Spain doesn’t have a much larger population.
Too bad this was final Soirée of season, but what a great
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