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Melissa's Song


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paul f. page

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I believe I posted this song in a different arrangement maybe three years ago. But as I was going through some audio files this afternoon, I found the present live recording of Melissa”s Song that I wanted to share with any of you who might catch this.

Melissa Belton died at age 19 in 1999 in a solo car accident as she was returning to Biola University in California following a Spring Break at home with her family and friends. A gifted double-reed musician, Melissa played a number of my pieces for English horn and oboe the previous summer, purchasing the music through her teacher.

When Melissa died, her oboe teacher, Diane, asked if I would accompany her on something for English horn at Melissa’s Memorial Service. When we met two hours later to rehearse, I had written Melissa’s Song and asked Diane if she would like to play through it. The decision was made to play this piece at the Memorial Service.

Some months later, Melissa’s family organized a scholarship concert in her memory to benefit The King’s Academy where Melissa had attended high school. Her parents requested Melissa’s Song to conclude the concert and engaged Julie Giacobassi, the English horn specialist from the San Francisco Symphony and Melissa’s local English horn teacher, to play the score with me. Julie’s amazing breath control and sense of phrasing are so evident in this simple recording.

If any of this story (and the accompanying music) speaks in a particular way to you, you might wish to visit the website Melissa’s family set up for her: http://www.dearmissy.org/ Some very interesting information about Julie Giacobassi can be found here: http://www.afm6.org/archive_JulieAnneGiacobassi.htm You can find the printed score at my website: http://www.paulpage.org/Paul_Page_Music/English_Horn.html

(the picture is of Melissa Belton)
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Uploaded: Sep 22, 2011 - 05:46:11 PM
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magnatone said 2273 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Melissa's Song
Oh Paul, this is extraordinary! Thank you for this backstory - I believe I remember both the story and your original post. But this live version is breathtaking in its gentle and forlorn beauty. Thanks for this gift, and being willing to share it here.
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composerclark said 2273 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Melissa's Song
Hi Paul, I have not been active here for months, but oh, what a treat to hear your music again! I would imagine there wasn't a dry eye in the house when you performed this. It is a thing of beauty, but of simplicity too; perhaps these are qualities that described Melissa?

You mention Julie's breath control — it is, of course spectacular. I am amazed at how she manages to play multiple phrases with seemingly no breaths at all in between. The English horn is such a beautiful instrument, capable of melting the heart, as it does here.

And your playing is, as always, tasteful and exquisite.

A beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Feter said 2273 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Melissa's Song
I do believe in music in our life and this story brings me the faith of how people would communicate and create history and memories through music ..I m so touched by the story and how this piece came to life for to sing for the memory of a wonderful spirit , the English horn sings so sweetly here with the lake of emotions of the piano ..i so thank you for sharing the story and the piece with us .. !
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DWL said 2273 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Very moving
A sad story Paul. What a lot of tragedy there is in this world.

A beautifully judged piece beautifully played.

Thanks

Dick

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PeterB7858 said 2273 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Simple, sincere...
Hi Paul. Simple, sincere and hauntingly uplifting. What a wonderful tribute to a life cut tragically short. Julie's horn playing is just fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. And thanks for the download. Take care, Peter
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davisamerica said 2273 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
heart breakingly beautiful....
.... no words ... downloaded.
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Reinholt56 said 2273 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Hi Paul....
The tune is simple and elegant. Fitting for an occasion such as this. I had a look at the site for Melissa and had to check out pretty quick as I was still at work this morning. I've just finished my second view and it is such a powerful site it many different ways.

Melissa was an angel.

Take care.

Paul
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neilh79 said 2273 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Melissa's Song
It is rare I am touched by a piece of music like this has, maybe its the back story i don't know........ exceptional
richard13 said 2273 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
An exquisite piece of music
and a beautiful tribute. What's truly amazing is that you composed it -- ready to play as a duet -- in two hours. I agree with Karen's "breathtaking in its gentle and forlorn beauty."
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kassia said 2273 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
gorgeous
and my goodness, Julie's playing took my breath away. What a very, very special piece of music. Thank you for sharing this with us Paul.
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Moviz said 2272 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
Such a
sad way for something this beautiful to come about Paul. Nevertheless it's a wonderfully calming tribute from both of you and beautifully recorded, regards M
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alackbass said 2272 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
Melissa's Song
Such a sad story and such beautiful music. Thanks for sharing this Paul!
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dave_b said 2272 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
Melissa's Song
Sweet & pensive. Great playing on both the piano & oboe.
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Symphony101 said 2272 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
Such a touching
piece and story Paul. And seeing this photo breaks my heart.
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ramonaji said 2272 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
lovely
playing and composing...
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ktb said 2271 days ago (September 25th, 2011)
Melissa's Song
Moving tribute Paul. Loss of words. Just beautiful.
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davisamerica2 said 2271 days ago (September 25th, 2011)
Thanks for this, Paul.
I couldn't listen to this without saying a prayer afterwards. T
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ShadowofNine said 2271 days ago (September 25th, 2011)
Melissa's Song
Fabulous music, touching story..MELISSA beautiful...
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gail60 said 2269 days ago (September 27th, 2011)
Beautiful
Never disappointed when I hear your music....always such a gift. Love the story behind this song. Very moving and the love shines through it very well. Wonderful post! Thank you Paul
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PatriciaGirl said 2268 days ago (September 28th, 2011)
Lovely, just lovely
She is definitely smiling down at you Paul and others. A lovely tribute to a wonderful artist who's time was too brief. Thanks again for a heartfelt piece. God bless you.

pg
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Sigmund said 2267 days ago (September 29th, 2011)
Melissa's Song
A beautiful song, and a wonderful gift. So well played, and so touching. Thank you!
Sig
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Philip18 said 2267 days ago (September 29th, 2011)
Beautiful
We still all struggle with the loss of a young life. What a moving tribute you have written and performed, Paul & Diane. Such a lovely light touch to the piano and evocative melody line from the horn. A beautifully reflective piece.
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J.A.Stewart said 2204 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
A Beautiful Tribute...
and a beautiful gesture on your part to create this lovely musical memorial for Melissa and her grieving family, Paul.

Where words fail us in such tragic circumstances, music like this speaks eloquently and soothingly to the aching hearts left behind.

A poignant performance by both you and Ms. Giacobassi make this a very special tribute. ;)


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Bowman said 2204 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Sweet
with a restrained yet tender voice.
Very touching work Paul.
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VicDiesel said 2203 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
beautiful
Great tune. And compliments to both performers.

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Doug Somers said 2202 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Melodic
As with all of your musical wonders this is gorgeous in both the way you have written the melody in phrases that are so alive, and in how Julie has interpreted them in her expressive performance. I particularly like the way you have introduced a bridge at 2:18 which is beautiful and intimate in its rubato setting.

Thank you for sharing this with us Paul. Keep well,
Doug
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Llarion said 2202 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Oh, my...
The emotions of the backstory are so evident, so rippling with love in this heartfelt, glowing piece. That English horn is otherworldly in its beauty and grace. The melody soars, and aches, and yearns... You captured the beauty and spirit of Melissa in fine style...
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TobinMueller said 2135 days ago (February 8th, 2012)
Gentle tribute
Gorgeous and graceful tribute. My sister died at 19, as well, from the same decease I know have, as it turns out. It destroyed her liver, a fate I escaped due to the random nature of mutations. Thanks you for sharing this.

I wrote for English horn in college. As it turns out, it is more difficult to play softly (in an intimate setting) than I imagined, and I switch the part to an oboe. But it is, perhaps, the greats wind instrument in the orchestra.

On another note: Paul, I have received an email from a French website that was responding to your inquiry about posting free scores. They are interested in posting your work, but are unable to contact you. I sent them the current email I have for you, which is also the one posted on your website. But it was returned, as if it is an inactive or full mailbox. Please contact them, if you still wish to. I would like to have your active email, as well. Please let me know.

I hope you are well,

Tobin
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christopherpsly said 2062 days ago (April 21st, 2012)
Hi Paul
This really is quite lovely my friend...
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