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cindy mctee

Fisher's Hornpipe
arrangement for orchestra

1.5 minutes

in celebration of his 70th birthday

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Fisher's Hornpipe


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For my dear husband, Leonard Slatkin, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

I transcribed this Fisher’s Hornpipe from a recording called Hoedown! made in 1962 by Leonard’s father, Felix Slatkin, who served as conductor and co-arranger with Rickey Marino. I then re-arranged the transcription for full orchestra, and as a tribute to Felix, used as much material from the original version as possible.


One final birthday present appeared as the encore. Slatkin's wife, Cindy McTee, has been transcribing some of the arrangements of popular tunes arranged and recorded by Slatkin's father — violinist and conductor Felix Slatkin — more than a half century ago. The DSO's Slatkin led his charges through a swift and good-humored "Fisher's Hornpipe" — a nice confluence of past, present and family.

Mark Stryker
Detroit Free Press


Slatkin returned to the podium for an encore, a birthday present from his wife, composer Cindy McTee, who acknowledged the crowd from her box.

Slatkin’s father, Felix, was an accomplished violinist, conductor and arranger in both the classical and pop worlds, but as his son explained from the stage, many of the written arrangements for pop recordings were destroyed. So McTee got to work, listening to the recorded arrangements and transcribing them for full orchestra. Among them is “Fisher’s Hornpipe,” a sprightly reel that Slatkin and the orchestra tore into with giddy zest. It proved to be a fizzy nightcap for a festive evening.

George Bulanda
The Detroit News


Slatkin introduced an extra, a family affair, a Country & Western number called Fisher’s Hornpipe, as conducted by Slatkin’s father, Felix, as part of a Liberty LP. The parts had been destroyed having been determined as ‘for recording only’, so Cindy McTee (Mrs. Slatkin) transcribed the track, adding a full orchestra to the original strings and percussion. The result is scintillating, the strings given a feast of notes to negotiate. After Brahms it might have seemed incongruous, but it worked ... Detroit Diverse!

Colin Anderson
The Classical Source