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Rich Coffey Instrumentals

Customed-crafted arrangements of Standards, Contemporary Hits, Spirituals, etc.

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- Show Tunes -

A show tune is a popular song originally written as part of the score of a “show” (or stage musical), especially if the piece in question has become a standard, more or less detached in most people's minds from the original context. - Wikipedia

composed by Richard Rodgers

We Kiss in a Shadow

This gorgeous tune is from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I" and is often considered the ultimate forbidden love song. If you know the musical's plot and storyline, it's a heartbreaking poignant reminder of the clash between East and West.

My arrangement features the trombone, electric piano, acoustic bass and a smattering of strings.

composed by Nacio Herb Brown

You Stepped Out of a Dream

You Stepped Out of a Dream was written by Nacio Herb Brown (music) and Gus Kahn (lyrics) and published in 1940. The song was featured in the 1941 musical Ziegfeld Girl. Sung by Tony Martin, the classic iconic image of Lana Turner walking down a grand staircase became Lana Turner's theme song.

My arrangement features a latin groove, drums are courtesy of Wikiloops.

written by Robert Wright and George Forrest

Stranger in Paradise

Stranger in Paradise - what a beautiful song! Although credited as composed by Robert Wright and George Forrest, the melody was actually derived from the Polovtsian Dances section of the opera Prince Igor by Russian composer Alexander Borodin which was written way back in 1890. The song was a huge hit for Tony Bennett in 1953. It was one of the most popular songs from the musical Kismet which interestingly was also mostly adapted from several pieces composed by Alexander Borodin.

About the Arrangement
This is a trombone feature backed by Rhodes electric piano and lush strings. An oboe is added to the Intro, Interlude and Coda section to give it a bit of an exotic flavor.

Did You Know?
Borodin was an unusually gifted man. Not only was was he a renown composer, Borodin was a successful chemist as well. Another interesting fact: Borodin was posthumously awarded a Tony Award for this contributions to Kismet in 1954!

Further Music-Related Info

History Info

  • Polovtsian Dances
    The Russian word "Polovtsy" is the name given to the Kipchaks and Cumans by the Rus' people.
  • Cumans and Cumania
    The Cumans were fierce and formidable nomadic warriors of the Eurasian Steppe who exerted an enduring influence on the medieval Balkans.

written by Vincent Youmans / Irving Caesar

Tea for Two - Doris Day

Tea for Two is originally from the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette (a second jazz standard, “I Want to Be Happy” also was from No, No, Nanette). In the 1950 musical film, Tea for Two, it was sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae and became immensely popular.

The song's contains abrupt key changes--atypical for a show tune--but nevertheless it became a huge success, Even the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich did his own arrangement "Tea for Two - Opus 16" which was first performed on November 25th, 1928. It was incorporated as an entr'acte to his ballet The Golden Age as Tahiti Trot and was first performed in 1929.

My arrangement is done as a cha cha and features the trombone (of course!)..

Tea for Two (Wikimedia)

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