A short while ago, I had an email from Lizzie Watts, who had come across my Samba..alla Turca! in its two-piano version, several years back. Lizzie said she was ’blown away’ by the piece, and played it a number of times, when it always had a great reception, she said..
Lizzie has recently been appointed Head Keyboard Tutor at the National Youth Music Camps in Wavendon, which is a week-long dedicated music camp. Lizzie goes on, "It is a truly inspiring place - some of the children we teach are outstandingly talented, and certainly give the tutors a run for our money! At the end of the week, we produce a show. This includes a theatrical performance, as well as a final performance by each instrumental group. I thought that your Samba Alla Turca would be a fantastic showpiece for the keyboards - with sombreros and top hats, of course!"
I checked through the various versions I had made of the piece, and was surprised to find that, unlike with The Lone Ar-ranger!, there wasn’t any keyboard arrangement, let alone what Lizzie was looking for - a version for eight youngsters on four different keyboards!
I have now made the Quartet version for Lizzie, so thought I’d add one for single keyboard, using autochords. I have added some of my ’extra’ melodies, which feature in all the other versions, but where there’s always more than one player to help out!
The attached MP3 is not played on a keyboard, but merely using generated drum patterns and a semblance of autoplay of chords via Sibelius plug-ins. As such it is intended to give only an impression of what it would sound like on a decent keyboard!