The Gena Branscombe postings on my blog have centered on her vocal music, singers who performed her songs as well as her life and career. Little has been written about the instrumental music she composed. That’s my fault.
A trip to Hawaii in 1955 was the inspiration for these works. Flying to San Francisco from New York, then boarding an ocean liner, on board Gena attended Hawaiian cultural lectures and took hula lessons. She was 74 years old! Way to go, Gena!
The sound of bells playing gospel hymns intrigued her. She included that musical memory into her piece “Kona Beach” which is a movement in Pacific Sketches. Later she composed “Homeport” and “Night in the Islands” to round out the work.
More of Miss Branscombe’s instrumental music will be uncovered in the near future
Enjoy listening to Pacific Sketches and Gena’s scenic musical descriptions.
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