This groupmuse happened on Friday, October 29, at 7:30 PM EDT.

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Pianist/Composer Haskell Small plays right hand alone arrangements of Scarlatti, Schubert, Bach and Small
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Pianist/Composer Haskell Small plays right hand alone arrangements of Scarlatti, Schubert, Bach and Small

Fri, October 29, 2021 7:30 PM, EDT

Host

Sarah Small

Although it will be quite a while before I can reliably play the piano again with both hands, suffering from a stroke has not stopped me from performing! I have been coping with my adversity by playing original right hand alone arrangements of music by Scarlatti, Schubert, Bach, and my own "Diary of a Stroke: The Adventures of Herb and Pete". Huh?! What can the adventures of Herb and Pete possibly have to do with my having suffered a stroke? To find out, please join me on October 29th! I look forward to revealing the answer to my little riddle and sharing this music with you!

Program

Haskell Small, pianist and composer

Program (arrangements for right hand alone by Haskell Small):

Domenico Scarlatti, Two pieces
Siciliano
Sonata in C Major, Longo No. 401

Haskell Small, Diary of a Stroke (The Adventures of Herb and Pete)
Stroke Fatigue
Herb and Pete
Stroke Fatigue
Rehab
Stroke Fatigue
Dance of the Neurons
Stroke Fatigue
An Unbearable Loss; Hope

Franz Schubert, Impromptu in G-flat Major Op. 90, No. 3

J. S. Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major
Prelude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Gavotte 1 and 2
Gigue

Program notes for Haskell Small’s “Diary of a Stroke”:

Unfortunately, life's vicissitudes brought me a major health challenge this year. In February, I suffered a stroke. My left arm and leg were affected. The good news though is that my mind is still intact, and I am still here to talk about it! The prognosis for my recovery is encouraging - I am slowly regaining my ability to walk and I'm told that I may eventually regain full use of my left hand, although it may take months to years before I can reliably play the piano again with both hands. In the interim, I have been working on a short right-hand-alone program that will feature my new composition, "Diary of a Stroke: The Adventures of Herb and Pete".

What on earth could "the adventures of Herb and Pete" possibly have to do with my suffering a stroke? Hint: Herb and Pete are pet names I adopted for my left leg and arm while in the rehab hospital. As I was composing this piece, I kept ruminating on how I could keep it from becoming unbearably depressing when, schazam! - Herb and Pete to the rescue! Besides being the subject matter of the second movement of the piece, you can find hints of their antics in the breathless respites of the grueling "Rehab" movement, in the "Dance of the Neurons" (which attempts to depict the amazing capability of the mind to rewire itself following a brain injury), and in the short epilogue, "Hope". Opening the piece and interspersed throughout, the "Stroke Fatigue" sections intend to give an idea of the overwhelming, ever present tiredness that many stroke patients experience. A single line bathed in pedal alternates with a distant sounding chorale-like theme that forms the basis for the penultimate movement, "An Unbearable Loss". Here, my heart is an open wound until Herb and Pete reappear, gallivanting about, celebrating the wondrous, innate healing power of the human body.

Haskell Small, September, 2021

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Nancy shneiderman, 8 months ago

I can't get in. Nancy Shneiderman


Haskell Small, 8 months ago

Thank you for joining me last night for my right-hand performance. Stay tuned for my return to 2-hand programs! [email protected]


Jean Humez, 8 months ago

Unfortunately, technical difficulties with the audio prevented our hearing the performer's introductions. I hope these may be avoided next time around.


Haskell Small, 8 months ago

In response to Jean Humez's comment here, my apologies for the audio problem. I just figured out why this happened (I needed to add a separate "audio capture" in OBS for the additional mic). I have done this and next time all should be clearly heard!


Attendees

Simon Linn-Gerstein Emcee
Karen Primack
Christine Tower
Jean Humez
Jennifer Johnson
Rachel Small
Karoline Li
Maria Regina Firmino-Castillo
Marjorie Bunday
Shigeru Takehara
Diego Gonzalez
Betsy Small
Rania Ghamlouch
Jamie Banks
Phil Straus
Sarah Small
Diana Hartwick Young
Marvin Wolfthal
Nancy shneiderman
Marilyn Stern
Doug Wolters
Dawn Nazzaro
Jonathan Gates
Djuna
Wade McCollum
Collin Cain