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This cello quartet arrangement of the popular Gershwin song The Man I Love is based on the composer’s simple version for voice and piano. So, it also includes the introduction that is normally omitted, possibly for reason of making the song shorter and more “punchy”. This omission, however, is not very fortunate, because the introduction is really essential, bringing an atmosphere of romantic longing after which the refrain comes out even more poignant. Here the sound and clarity of four voice texture almost reminds of string quartet writing by the Viennese classics.
In the refrain, of course, free rhythmical patterns can be improvised, as is the tradition. -Valter Dešpalj
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