take a listen – hear an audio preview:

My dear mother went to hear a performance of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. It being the most lethargic of operas, my mother was so transfixed by its 6-hour long power that, upon exiting the opera house, she tripped. For the first time in her life, my mom was in crutches, crying out from pain and thinking that life was over. I wanted to write a piece to comfort her as she healed.

A week later, she was feeling much better, running around Manhattan with one crutch, often raising it in the air to hail a cab or a bus. The comedy of it all I hoped to capture with the second, faster section of the piece.

CATEGORY Ljova and the Kontraband, lead sheet, world music, jazz

Ljova and the Kontraband — viola (or famiola), accordion, bass, percussion.
Custom arrangements available on request.

DURATION 4 minutes

July 6, 2007 – Philadelphia Museum of Art


Ljova, viola; Patrick Farrell, accordion; Mike Savino, bass; Mathias Kunzli, percussion


performed frequently with Ljova and the Kontraband as part of their set.


Recorded on Ljova and the Kontraband’s debut CD, “Mnemosyne” [album details]

SCORE AVAILABILITY All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]

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