Since Yesterday by Max Drexler
World Premier of Brass Ensemble
Ye Olde Towne Band's World Premier of Since Yesterday,
composed in 1936 by violinist Max Drexler, was presented on Sunday
afternoon July 29, 2012 during the Band's Summer Concert Series in
Shoup Park, Los Altos, California.
When the band learned of the song, Since Yesterday, they
decided to take on the challenge of producing and presenting
it. With the encouragement of John DeLoach, conductor of the Band,
trumpet section leader Bob Mosley took the responsibility for writing
an arrangement for a six-part brass-choir.
Max Drexler was born in the city of Lemberg of the old
Austrian-Hungarian empire in 1889. He began violin lessons at the age
of six. In 1912, he emigrated to the United States and played the
violin in New York theatres until 1918, when the theatres were shut
down because of the Spanish flu epidemic. His musical aptitude allowed
him to gain sufficient fluency in Chinese to manage a retail store in
New York's Chinatown and later used his German and Polish language
skills in sales roles. He copyrighted his love ballad, Since Yesterday
in 1936 and played with small groups of friends until the age of 83.
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