Twilight World: Remembering Marian McPartland's Songs

Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song." i i

Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song." David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

itoggle caption David Redfern/Redferns
Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song."

Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song."

David Redfern/Redferns

Set List

  • Marian McPartland (solo piano), "Threnody" (M. McPartland)
  • Karrin Allyson (voice), McPartland (piano), "Twilight World" (M. McPartland, J. Mercer)
  • Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap (pianos) "Twilight World" (M. McPartland, J. Mercer)
  • Peggy Lee (voice), "In The Days Of Our Love" (M. McPartland, P. Lee)*
  • Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, "Ambiance" (M. McPartland, arr. J. Dodgion)*
  • McPartland (piano), "There'll Be Other Times" (M. McPartland, M. Jones)
  • Sarah Vaughan (voice), "There'll Be Other Times" (M. McPartland, M. Jones)*
  • McPartland (piano), "Portrait Of Murray Horwitz," (M. McPartland)
  • McPartland (piano), Elvis Costello (voice), "Threnody" (M. McPartland, E. Costello)
  • McPartland (piano), "Willow Creek," (M. McPartland)

* Album recording

Jazz musicians strive for an individual voice. If a listener can tell right away who's playing, that's an achievement. The same is true of composers — and after only a few measures of music, you know it's Marian McPartland. The pianist and host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz died Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95. We honor McPartland's memory with some of her most lasting contributions: her wonderful compositions.

McPartland's core values show up in so many of her compositions: sophisticated harmonies with big, full chords; surprising, arching melodies; and a tremendous emotional range. She composed piano pieces that have entered the jazz repertoire and songs — with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn and Peggy Lee — that are considered part of the Great American Songbook. This episode of Piano Jazz is hosted by McPartland's longtime friend Murray Horwitz and features her original compositions and musical collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allyson, Thad Jones, Elvis Costello and more.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.