Last Wednesday, my friend Steven Daigle gave me three CD copies of MAYTIME by Sigmund Romberg. The CD's mean a great deal to me because they contain the orchestrations that I created and re-constructed from a piano/vocal score for the Ohio Light Opera's 2005 Festival Season. It was a cathartic experience to listen to the recording because I had not heard them since the opening performance in 2005.
As I listened, I was overwhelmed by what I actually accomplished eight years ago. The way I remember it ... in 2005, Steve called and asked me if I could re-construct/create orchestrations from a piano/vocal score ... that it was an emergency. He told me that the original Romberg scores no longer existed--that they had literally crumbled and the show was set to go into performances within about three weeks. I told him I could try ... and spent the next two weeks reconstructing a score of a much larger show than I anticipated.
What AMAZED ME in my listening is that the orchestrations are very, very good. AND how much I LOVE TO ORCHESTRATE.
I realized too, how wonderful Time can be. For in the reflection, I can see that I am a skilled orchestrator ... and an even more skilled composer today than I was then ... I can acknowledge --without bragging --that have great skill because these CD's are evidence. Time shows me that I can look back with greater knowledge and acknowledge (and in this case applaud) something that I did ...