Over the Rainbow for String Quartet with 2 CDs

 
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Judy Garland immortalized the iconic song, Over the Rainbow," in the landmark film, The Wizard of Oz. It was a groundbreaking song in a groundbreaking film, now it has been immortalized once again in our new groundbreaking release; for string quartet. This memorable classic has stood the test of time by delighting both young and old audiences alike. Michael Tarro's emotional arrangement, for two violins, viola, and cello, is a true masterpiece. The CD is recorded in our critically acclaimed play-along fashion, but now we've taken it to the next level and beyond. The audio recording contains 17 tracks covering every possible combination, from the full ensemble, to assorted groupings, to each individual instrument performed separately. Any combination from one to four will find the perfect omplimentary track. You have come to expect the cutting edge from Santorella Publications, and Mike Tarro's arrangement of Over the Rainbow" for String Quartet is just that!

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Harold Arlen: Born Hyman Arluck, the son of a Jewish Cantor in Buffalo, New York, young Hyman studied the piano and later began to play in a number of bands around town. After achieving early success at just sixteen years old, he made the decision to drop out of school to pursue a career in music. In 1924, Arlen wrote his first song, My Gal, Won't You Please Come Back to Me?, with his lyricist friend Hyman Cheiffetz. The credits listed lyrics by Cheiffetz and music by Harold Arluck. Although nothing became of his first song, things did start to takeoff for Harold Arluck. While performing, he met a young dancer named Ray Bolger, who is now best known for his role as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Harold eventually found his way to New York City, where he once again happened upon his old friend Ray Bolger. The two renewed their friendship and shared an apartment on the West Side. He later decided to change his last name to Arlen. His transformation now complete, Hyman Arluck would now be known to the world as Harold Arlen. Although still interested in performing, Arlen continued to achieve success at songwriting. In 1929, he began an association with lyricist Ted Koehler. The two wrote the hit song Get Happy, which immediately elevated the team to world-class status. They went on to write many top songs, including such unforgettable classics as I've Got the World on a String, Stormy Weather, It's Only a Paper Moon, and Let's Fall in Love. In 1934, lyricist Yip Harburg asked Arlen to collaborate with him on a show in New York, which was co-produced by Ira Gershwin. After that, Arlen and Harburg continued to collaborate on several projects until one day, they were contacted by MGM in 1937 about a special project they were working on. The project was the film, The Wizard of Oz; little did either of them know at the time that the film would immortalize the pair as one of the best songwriting teams of all time. Harold Arlen went on to collaborate with Harburg and others for many years, as he continued to produce hit after hit as one of the most prolific songwriters of his time. Sadly, after his wife's death in 1970, he became withdrawn and rarely went out to attend performances or to socialize. He died quietly at home on April 23, 1986 at the age of 81 years old. Edgar Yip Harburg: Born Isadore Hochberg on the Lower East Side of New York City, Harburg was the youngest of four surviving children of his Orthodox Jewish parents who had emigrated from Russia. In high school, he became acquainted with Ira Gershwin, an association that first began with shared interests and student literary ventures, and later developed into a life-long friendship. After his thriving appliance business failed with the onset of the great depression, Yip,as he became to be known, was determined to make a living as a lyricist. His now good friend Ira Gershwin advanced him a small loan and introduced him to the composer Jay Gorney. The two collaborated on several projects for Broadway and film, then in 1932 they wrote Harburg's breakthrough unemployment anthem,Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Later that year he wrote, April in Paris (with Vernon Duke) and It's Only a Paper Moon with the man who would become his most important collaborator, Harold Arlen. For the next 12 years, Harburg and Arlen would continue to write for theater and film with the partnership peaking with their work on MGM's The Wizard of Oz in 1939. Harburg's contribution to the groundbreaking film was significant. He conceived the integration of song and script, wrote the recitative for the Munchkin operetta and also wrote the lyrics to all of the songs. He served as the film's final script editor and made important contributions to the dialog. See Arranger Bio - Mike Tarro - in Review 1 section

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Arranger Michael Tarro began taking piano lessons at an early age. He studied classical, jazz, and popular piano styles for over twelve years. Even as an adolescent, he received numerous awards. Michael supplemented his piano studies by taking courses in harmony, theory, solfege, and counterpoint. Michael has composed and arranged musical scores for a variety of events. Prior to attending college, he assembled his first working horn band where he applied his studies in harmony and counterpoint by emulating the styles of some of the great bands of the day, including Chicago, Tower of Power, and Blood Sweat & Tears. Tarro continued his music education at California State University with a concentration in composition, harmony, and arranging. He performed in several professional ensembles while in school and also taught piano privately. Upon completing his academic curriculum, he returned home to Rhode Island. For the next few years, Michael toured nationally with a professional nine piece show band across the United States and Canada. This highly acclaimed group performed many styles of music from standard general business gigs to elaborate Broadway productions in which Michael was both the primary arranger and pianist. Michael has arranged and performed for numerous recording projects. These sessions covered a variety of musical genres and also included many of his own compositions of original soundtracks. Tarro has produced many commercials for radio and television. His credits include productions for Doritos, Johnson & Whales University, as well as many local businesses, organizations, and charities. Michael's original compositions, Schizophrenia is Better than Living Alone and Alone in Love received local and national airplay as did his work for the nationally syndicated radio show, Dr. Demento. Tarros original tunes, I Won't Be Hangin With the Guys Again, Suite for Piano & String Quartet, and Merry Old New England are licensed for film in the soundtrack of the movie The Package. He also recently wrote the original composition Prelude in E minor which was used in the film, In Passing. Michael s first book Creative Jazz Piano Arranging published by Santorella was released in August of 2010. This outstanding text is a well written educational guide to learning how to develop impressive Jazz Piano arrangements derived from simple Fake-Book melodies. Within months of its release, it was chosen by the Selection Committee for the Board of Directors of the highly respected NYSSMA organization to be utilized in its annual competitions. The NYSSMA manual is nationally recognized as a benchmark for listing professionally evaluated literature appropriate for students auditioning at regional competitions. The bar is set high for inclusion in the manual, and Santorella Publications is proud to have Michael's work recognized by this prestigious academic body. Michael's composition and arranging skills are quite versatile. He has held a special passion for writing arrangements for the orchestral strings for more than 20 years. Over the Rainbow is yet another example of his creative genius and versatility. The arrangement demonstrates his very mature understanding of harmony, technique, and subtle nuance. Presently Michael resides in Rhode Island with his family where he continues to teach privately and remains active writing, arranging, and composing new material. With all of his musical accomplishments to his credit, Michael would tell you that he's just getting started. He sees every day as a new beginning and an opportunity for a new adventure in music. Michael's musical talent is truly impressive; his arrangements and compositions appeal to a wide audience of educators, students, and lovers of music. It is his passion and his lifes work, but his true joy is the time he is the time he spends with his family. --Santorella Publications

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