In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #22

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Ep. #22: Featuring the Great Dan Rosenbloom on Trumpet

One of the many extraordinary things about NYC that make it as spectacular a city as it is, is its subway system. Mostly below and sometimes above the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens you can hear and see poetry in motion. But on the 2, 4, and 5 trains, as the result of a fluke of modern engineering, the trains’ wheels “sing” 3 notes as they pull away from the station. And what do you suppose those the notes are? The first 3 notes of the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim song “Somewhere”, There’s a place...

Bernstein originally intended the West Side Story song to serve (with different lyrics) as the love music for the fire escape scene between Tony and Maria, but ultimately it found its place elsewhere. In the score, Bernstein hints at the song long before it actually appears. We hear it in “Tonight”, in “Cool”, and in the introduction of “One Hand, One Heart”, before we finally hear it in all its glory, midway through Act Two.

Jamie Bernstein said of her father: “There was even a part of him that believed if he could just write a melody that was beautiful enough, he could cure the world’s ills. He knew, of course, that this was impossible—but it was that impulse to heal the world through music that galvanized him as a composer”.

Hold our hand and we'll take you there. Please welcome 
MUSE/IQUE's own Dan Rosenboom performing "Somewhere".

"'Somewhere' is a piece about both longing for connection and hope for the future - emotions I'm sure we can all connect with during this complicated time. One of the beautiful things about playing the trumpet is that it's an instrument that, at its core, is designed to carry across long distances, yet can also be intimate and soulful. It's an instrument that can express the whole range of human emotion, and one that keeps its player both humbled and dedicated and vibrating, literally, with the music. I hope you can feel a sense of shared connection through this beautiful melody, and I hope that we can connect in person sooner than later. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, and remember that in these trying times, we can be grateful for the opportunity to share music and emotion with each other online." – Dan Rosenboom