Fall in Love

Mike & Linda Coates

This is a Romantic album--in many senses of the word. The lyrics of the songs are all expressions of love (although encompassing both joy and pain, as runs the course of love). The music throughout is also Romantic, whether composed by Chopin or Procol Harum, within the spirit of "Romantic" as defined by classical music historians.

The Romantic period in classical music history spanned the 1800s. It was a reaction against the intellectual, formal tradition of Mozart's time and a movement toward simplicity and naturalism, with greater emphasis on human instincts and feelings. Romanticism in music meant intense emotional content, flashes of exoticism from literature and other cultures, and free-form structure.

It was a time of extremes-from intimate solo pieces to huge symphony orchestras, rich new harmonies, louder louds and softer softs. Three basic musical forms were especially important during this time: the character piece for piano, the art song for solo voice and piano, and large orchestral works. Those forms are paralleled on this album by the transcribed pieces for solo guitar (sometimes enhanced with subtle orchestration), the art song for voice and solo guitar (transcribed from the original piano), and the more contemporary ballads with their full orchestral arrangements.

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Notes

Our musical taste is eclectic and broad--and we think yours is, too. That's why we like to bring together all kinds of music on one collection--music that we believe in and that we want to share through our own classical-contemporary approach. This means Mike re-transcribes every classical guitar part, we arrange every piece from scratch, and we sometimes find ourselves going pretty far afield in our research! From the Internet to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, we gathered information on these pieces and cleared up a few long-standing mysteries.

For example, we tracked the source of a popular myth--did you know that the organist for Procol Harum, Matthew Fisher, did not simply steal verbatim from J.S. Bach the famous organ introduction to A Whiter Shade of Pale? The part was "based on my own ideas and two different Bach pieces but wasn't a note-for-note crib. It was just a couple of notes here and there and the rest were me. I never received songwriting credit for it which cost me a lot of money and I'm not too happy about that," Fisher states in an online interview with rock historian Mike Ober. In our arrangement (track 4) we layered in the original Bach pieces from which Fisher took his inspiration as well as some other surprises in the reprise (track 14).

Another mystery solved--a piece originally attributed to Franz Schubert under the title of Adieu (a purely commercial move by a 19th-century publisher hoping to ride Schubert's popular name) is actually an art song titled Nach Osten by a little-known composer named Weyrauch. This piece (track 11) was also published as a solo guitar piece transcribed by the famous 19th-century guitarist, Francisco Tárrega. When we discovered that the original had words, we thought it would be fun to float them into the background behind the solo guitar.

We also follow in the popular Romantic tradition of transcribing. In the 1800s publishers released solo piano transcriptions of new symphonies so that people could re-create their favorite pieces at home at the piano with their own sheet music. Much traditional repertoire for the classical guitar also consists of transcriptions-usually of solo piano pieces. Our Romantic Suite for Classical Guitar (tracks 7-13) features seven original transcriptions of solo and orchestral works from the Romantic period.

We hope you enjoy this collection of Romantic pieces--classical works with a contemporary treatment and contemporary songs with a classical twist.

 


song list

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1. Love in Fall
Music by Mike Coates, Words by Linda Coates
COPYRIGHT 1996, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

a dedication to love in our "grown-up" years. . .

arrangement includes an excerpt from Chopin's
Etude No. 23 in A Minor, Op. 25 No. 11, "Winter Wind"


Early frost touched the edge of the summer's rose
Far away from the promise of April's sun
In the air swirls the orange and brown and gray
In your eyes burns the promise of life begun.

Children run through the light of the fading day
Distant wings tracing lines that are trailing away

And in your arms I feel the circling glow of sun and fire
I have no dreams of the tender yellow stems of spring
And in your eyes I see the endless starlight beckoning
I breathe your warmth and turn to face with you
the winter's sun

Hidden still in the ripening gardens
The sweetest fruit under leaves of the purest gold

And in your arms I feel the circling glow of sun and fire
I have no dreams of the tender yellow stems of spring
And in your eyes I see the endless starlight beckoning
I breathe your warmth and turn to face with you
the winter's sun

Vocals, recorder: Linda Coates
Classical guitar, keyboards: Mike Coates



2. Plaisir d'Amour
Giovanni Martini (1706-1784)

pure French irony

Vocals: Peter Halverson
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


3. Because
The Beatles/John Lennon & Paul McCartney

rock's greatest Romantic composers in a
Beethoven-inspired vocal extravaganza


Vocals, recorder: Linda Coates
Classical guitar, keyboards: Mike Coates


4. A Whiter Shade of Pale
Procol Harum/Gary Brooker & Keith Reid

a great example of contemporary exoticism in the
hyper-Romantic tradition of Berlioz

arrangement includes excerpts from: Air from Orchestral Suite in D Major, "Sleepers Awake" Cantata (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme), Air for the G String, all by J. S. Bach


Vocals: Gary Bitzer
Backing vocals, keyboards: Linda Coates
Classical guitar, keyboards: Mike Coates
Cello: Nathan Davis


5. Romance aus Rosamunde
(Romance from the play "Rosamunde")
Music by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Words by H. von Chezy, translation by Linda Coates

our idea of what it must be like to be German and listening to a Schubert art song -- intimate poetry and exquisitely simple folk-like accompaniment

Vocals: Linda Coates
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


6. C'est la Vie
Emerson, Lake & Palmer/
Music by Greg Lake, Words by Pete Sinfield

rock and roll's most over-the-top Romantics

Vocals: Gordy Pederson
Backing vocals, keyboards: Linda Coates
Classical guitar, keyboards: Mike Coates

7.-13. Romantic Suite for Classical Guitar
Transcribed, arranged & performed by Mike Coates
Vocals: Linda Coates

LIEBESTRAUM (Dream of Love)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
from a piano solo

ROMANCE
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
excerpt from a piano solo, "Novelletten"

PRELUDE NO. 7 IN A MAJOR, OP. 28
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
from a set of piano solo preludes

THEME from PATHETIQUE
Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
from Symphony No. 6 "The Pathétique"

ADIEU (Farewell); NACH OSTEN (Eastward)
Guitar solo published as a transcription of a
Schubert piece titled Adieu by Francesco Tárrega-
the original is a song titled Nach Osten by August Heinrich von Weyrauch,
words by Karl Friedrich Gottlob Wetzel, published in 1824

TRAUMEREI (Reverie)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
from a piano solo

MEDITATION ON A THEME FROM THAIS
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
from a theme from his exotic opera, Thaïs


14. A Whiter Shade of Pale, Reprise
additional unpublished lyrics sung in concert

arrangement includes an excerpt from
Pachelbel's Canon in D


Vocals, keyboards: Linda Coates
Classical guitar, keyboards: Mike Coates
Cello: Nathan Davis

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Mike and Linda Coates Discography:
The Summer Air
Fall in Love
An Early Spring
Winter's Night
 

 

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