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Published on May 26, 2009
Raie da Costa (Pianoforte Solo) - Night and Day (Cole Porter), HMV 1932
NOTE: Raie da Costa (1905 1934) - a native of Cape Town, South Africa, composer, incomparable woman pianist, improviser and arranger. Da Costa moved to London at age nineteen with hopes of becoming a concert pianist. There, she ventured into her own style: a combination of classical and jazz elements with diverse musical idioms and much syncopation. Her recordings can be heard on the Parlophone and HMV labels. Considered one of the most talented pianists of her time, she was known for her embellishments, incredible left hand technique, and orchestral musical concepts. Her death in the age of 29 left put a sudden and tragic end to the career of that awesome artist. Fortunately, she left numerous recordings for the British Parlophone and His Masters Voice, in popular as well as classical repertoire. In YT can be seen a sensational short movie with Raie Da Costa playing NO-LA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tObe9... also an interesting Electrola side at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIcmP7...
The sildeshow: New York City in selected drawings and paintings of American artists before 1940