In coming up with a name for this project it occurred to me that I was inviting arts patrons to join me in the creation of some dances, which brought to mind a famous piece of classical music by Carl Maria von Weber
. Weber was born in 1786 and died in 1826. He was a composer, conductor, pianist, and A GUITARIST! He wrote operas, symphonic works (most famously, his incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream), and a large body of piano music, including a piece called Invitation to the Dance
. The piano version was later orchestrated
by Hector Berlioz
(who also played guitar).
As you can see I've given you a number of links so that you can investigate Weber, Berlioz, and both the orchestral and original piano versions of the piece.
By the way, the orchestral version is a live performance which serves as a wonderful illustration that, in the words of Yogi Berra, "It ain't over 'til it's over."
And I'd also like to remind you that if you have not done so yet, please go to the Invitation to the Dances: Central Florida Composers campaign page and join us in supporting this project.