Randi, I want you to EXPAND on THIS for me: 2)Those complex arrangements imitating compositions of 17 18 and 19 century Europeans when translated into local music does not always lend itself to entertainment.
The complexity of which I speak relates in particular to the introductions, the runs and performance endings
Most of which is easily appreciated by Trinbagonians, however these are sometimes met with confused expressions when listened to by foreigners. I feel this may have been influenced by criteria defined by panorama judges over the years in their effort to introduce a so called sophistication to the performances. This is only really viable if the competition has a “test piece” on which each performance can be compared
I remember playing Hatters’ Raindrops on My Pan and Pantonic’s Stranger for one of my friends while driving home from work one day, both were enthusiastically received. When the 3rd track started Archbishop of Pan by Phase II, a quizzical expression ensued. That led me to believe that the complexities were not appreciated. On a subsequent journey I played North Stars & Winifred Atwell’s performance of Rhapsody In Blue. Needless to say the jaw dropping reaction was a joy to behold.
Both Hatters’ and Pantonic’s tracks had a musical familiarity woven into the melody. While Rhapsody In Blue would have had Gershwin beaming.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for the EXPANSION, Randi!!!
Happy New Year to you too!!!