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Watch: Randy Newman Performs "Outdoors but Not the Red River Valley" on Library of Congress Gershwin Piano

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Watch: Randy Newman Performs "Outdoors but Not the Red River Valley" on Library of Congress Gershwin Piano

    During a recent visit to the Library of Congress, Randy Newman was given the opportunity to play George Gershwin’s piano. "Outdoors but Not the Red River Valley" was written on commission from pianist Gloria Cheng and is one in a five-part homage to Newman’s uncles, film composers Alfred, Emil & Lionel Newman.

    "My uncle Alfred wrote the music for a number of John Ford’s films," says Newman. "In every one of them, the great director wanted to use 'Red River Valley.' Al liked the tune, but not in every picture. I wrote this piece for my uncle, who was a really great composer. Listening to it, because of whose piano I was playing, apparently I was afraid to use the pedal. Thanks for watching. I promise to do better by you in the future. (In B flat): Happy Thanksgiving to you and Happy Birthday to me!"

    (We at Nonesuch wish Randy Newman a Happy Birthday, in advance, too!)

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on November 19, 2013 - 6:35pm
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During a recent visit to the Library of Congress, Randy Newman was given the opportunity to play George Gershwin’s piano. "Outdoors but Not the Red River Valley" was written on commission from pianist Gloria Cheng and is one in a five-part homage to Newman’s uncles, film composers Alfred, Emil & Lionel Newman. "My uncle Alfred wrote the music for a number of John Ford’s films," says Newman. "In every one of them, the great director wanted to use 'Red River Valley.' Al liked the tune, but not in every picture. I wrote this piece for my uncle, who was a really great composer." Watch his performance here.

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During a recent visit to the Library of Congress, Randy Newman was given the opportunity to play George Gershwin’s piano. "Outdoors but Not the Red River Valley" was written on commission from pianist Gloria Cheng and is one in a five-part homage to Newman’s uncles, film composers Alfred, Emil & Lionel Newman.

"My uncle Alfred wrote the music for a number of John Ford’s films," says Newman. "In every one of them, the great director wanted to use 'Red River Valley.' Al liked the tune, but not in every picture. I wrote this piece for my uncle, who was a really great composer. Listening to it, because of whose piano I was playing, apparently I was afraid to use the pedal. Thanks for watching. I promise to do better by you in the future. (In B flat): Happy Thanksgiving to you and Happy Birthday to me!"

(We at Nonesuch wish Randy Newman a Happy Birthday, in advance, too!)

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Randy Newman on Gershwin piano at Library of Congress

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