This is a song I've wanted to do something with for a while. The recording used here is Eugene Ysaye playing Dvorak's "Humoresque."
This song is, or so I thought, a cute little ditty that violin students play as a trivial matter. I played it as a child, and never thought that much about it.
However, in Ysaye's hands, it becomes something else altogether. The slow tempo, his beautiful rubato, his warm vibrato and stunning tone ... it nearly brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard him play it. When I found the recording online. I was quite shocked; Ysaye was a preeminent violinist in his day, but he died in 1931 so I never really thought I would get to hear him play. Yet here we are.
I urge you to listen to his original recording (actually not sure if this link is the same as the version I used, I think not, but you get the idea):
This is another one of those recordings where I felt that I could only detract my moditfying it ... but I still wanted to do my own take on it, and I like the result.