At Home with Music
IT SEEMS THERE was a man who had heard the now famous Tschaikowsky Piano Concerto in several of its sixteen jazz versions (all the way from Tonight We Love to Boogie de Concerto), and he finally discovered a record of the original composition, with Toscanini conducting the orchestra and Horowitz at the piano. This man's enthusiastic comment was, "That's the best arrangement of that piece I ever heard!"
There is plenty of music just as melodious as that Tschaikowsky theme, or even more so, and just as exciting in its orchestration, waiting to be discovered by anyone wishing to listen to a record, or the radio or, if possible, a concert performance. Much of it has already become familiar through popular arrangements, like those of "the Concerto" itself. Music-lovers have known about such pieces for a long time. They have taken their attractiveness for granted, while moving on toward other material, which eventually might prove equally attractive and perhaps even more worth while.