A Jazz Burlesque was originally was compose as a piano solo.
It was later arranged for accordionist, Kevin Friedrich, one of New Zealand’s leading accordionists and a member of the International Trio from Kansas in America. The International Trio premiered A Jazz Burlesque in Auckland, June 1991, at the New Zealand Accordion Championships. It was later arranged for accordion orchestra and a string orchestra arrangement followed for the all female string ensemble ‘String Silhouette’. They premiered it in Auckland, June 1993.
“And if I go, while you’re still here Know that I live on, vibrating to a different measure, behind a thin veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait for the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to its fullest. And when you need me, Just whisper my name in your heart, I will be there.”
This piece was written in 1991 for Ann Saslav. It is based on an imaginary scene from years ago when a railway branch line went through native bush in the Catlins area of New Zealand. The motif at the start is a bird-call the composer heard in the area. This piece is aimed at grade 7 or 8 level, and was initially performed in schools by Ann Saslav as part of an educational project.