With over 30 years of songwriting, I had a hunch that Billy Joel wasn’t going to be content with the generic term ‘concerto’ for his music-turned-into-concerto for piano and orchestra. Asked to submit three possible titles, the winner became Stuart Malina’s offering: Symphonic Fantasies for Piano and Orchestra. Perhaps a sister to the Symphonic Variations by Cesar Franck–though the Joel stands on its own at 30 minutes. With the premiere getting close, going through the score and parts and piano part for atleast a near-perfect sounding premiere, is a challenge. Aside from a synthesized demo, which is actually quite remarkable in itself, I am very curious as to the final product. To be continued…

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