Byron Janis: Behind The Legend

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legendary american CLASSICAL pianist

 

Byron Janis is internationally renowned as one of the world's greatest pianists. He made his orchestral debut at age 15 with Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra and the following year was chosen by Vladimir Horowitz as his first student. At 18, he became the youngest artist ever signed to a contract by RCA Victor Records. Two years later, in 1948, he made his Carnegie Hall debut which was hailed as an unparalleled success.

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MAESTRO JANIS SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON MUSIC & BEYOND

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The Power of Pedagogy

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BYRON JANIS LIVE: ON TOUR

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Lyrics

"LIKE ANY MAN"

Music: Byron Janis

Lyrics: Hal Hackady

QUASIMODO

I LAUGH AND I CRY... JUST LIKE YOU

I DON’T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT TO DO...

LIKE YOU I HAVE DOUBTS...

AND I'VE TASTED FEAR

I ASKED GOD, WHO MADE ME, WHY HE PUT ME HERE!

 

MY THIRST AND HUNGER ARE REAL

I CAN'T ALWAYS SHOW WHAT I FEEL

I WAKE UP SOME DAYS

AND ASK MYSELF WHY

AND WONDER IF I'M ONLY LIVING TO DIE

 

I HAVE NIGHTS I DREAM

THAT I'M MADE OF STONE

THAT I DON'T HAVE A HEART

THAT I HAVE NEVER KNOWN

HOW IT HURTS TO LONG FOR LOVE!

 

AND GOD KNOWS HOW OFTEN I PRAY

THE WORLD MIGHT BE BLIND FOR A DAY

AND THEY WOULDN'T LAUGH

CUZ THEY COULDN'T SEE

THAT SOMETHING LIKE LOVE...

COMES FROM SOMETHING LIKE ME

FOR ONE LITTLE DAY....

WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE

FOR ONE DAY TO LIVE...

LIKE ANY MAN!

 

I'M NOT MADE OF STONE

STONE COULD NEVER BE

ASHAMED TO HAVE THEM SEE

THE WAY THAT IT WAS MADE!

STONE haS NEVER PRAYED FOR LOVE

 

AND GOD KNOWS HOW OFTEN I PRAY

THE WORLD COULD BE BLIND FOR A DAY

THEN THEY WOULDN'T LAUGH

CUZ' THEY WOULDN'T SEE

THAT SOMETHING LIKE LOVE

COMES FROM SOMETHING LIKE ME

FOR ONE LITTLE DAY

WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE

FOR ONE DAY TO LIVE

LIKE ANY MAN!

LIKE ANY MAN!

LIKE ANY MAN!

 

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"DAVID'S STAR"

Music: Byron Janis

Lyrics: Stefan Janis

A BARREN LAND, BEGGING FOR WATER,

OH ISRAEL, NOW YOU'RE TEEMING WITH GROVES.

SO MANY STONES BEING SPUN TO ALTER,

THE DESERT SANDS OUR FATHER ROVED.

A STRUGGLE WON, A COUNTY BORN, YES

FOREVERMORE, THROUGH ETERNITY,

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE. THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

ACROSS THIS LAND, WE REMEMBER,

OH ISRAEL! ALL THE PAIN OF YOUR PAST

WE DREAM A DREAM MOSES GAVE LONG AGO_O,

FOR EVERY CHILD THAT DREAM WILL LAST.

THIS IS A VOW EVERY PARENT MAKES_OH!

TO SEE THE DREAM, THE DREAM FULFILLED.

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE? THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

FEEL THE NEW DAY DAWNING.

HEAR THE SHOFAR'S CALL

FEEL THE DEEP YEARNING

TO TOUCH THE ANCIENT WALL.

UP FROM EVERY VALLEY,

DOWN FROM EACH AND EVERY MOUNTAIN

WE MEE, WARRIORS OF ZION

AND WE PRAY   AND WE PRAY FOR PEACE.

 

OH! TEL AVIV. BLESSED JERUSALEM!

TWO SHINING STARS IN OUR GREAT ENDLESS POEM.

THE DESERT SANDS OUR FATHER ROVED.

A STRUGGLE WON, A COUNTY BORN, YES

FOREVERMORE, THROUGH ETERNITY,

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE. THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

ACROSS THIS LAND, WE REMEMBER,

OH ISRAEL! ALL THE PAIN OF YOUR PAST

WE DREAM A DREAM MOSES GAVE LONG AGO_O,

FOR EVERY CHILD THAT DREAM WILL LAST.

THIS IS A VOW EVERY PARENT MAKES_OH!

TO SEE THE DREAM, THE DREAM FULFILLED.

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE? THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

FEEL THE NEW DAY DAWNING.

HEAR THE SHOFAR'S CALL

FEEL THE DEEP YEARNING

TO TOUCH THE ANCIENT WALL.

UP FROM EVERY VALLEY,

DOWN FROM EACH AND EVERY MOUNTAIN

WE MEE, WARRIORS OF ZION

AND WE PRAY   AND WE PRAY FOR PEACE.

 

OH! TEL AVIV. BLESSED JERUSALEM!

TWO SHINING STARS IN OUR GREAT ENDLESS POEM.

SING FORTH THEIR JOYS, AND LIGHT UP THE WAY

TO SEE THE DREAM, THE DREAM FULFILLED

OH ISRAEL! YOU WONT BE STILLED —- NO.

FOREVERMORE   THROUGH ETERNITY,

OH ISRAEL! CAN'T YOU SEE, THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE!

OH ISRAEL! CAN'T YOU SEE, THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

"YOU ARE MORE"

Music: Byron Janis

Lyrics: Hal Hackady

YOU ARE MORE

THAN A NIGHT OF SURRENDER...

THAN A MOMENT OF SPLENDOR...

MORE THAN A KISS AND GOODBYE

 

ALL THE PROMISE BEFORE

CAN'T COMPARE TO THE AFTER

ALL THE RARE OF THE AFTER

LOVE DIDN'T STOP TO ASK WHY

 

I'VE PRETENDED TO FEEL LOVE

THAT WAS ALL I COULD DO!

NO ONE MAKE ME FEEL REAL LOVE

UNTIL...

UNTIL YOU!

 

I WOULD DREAM

LOVE HAD FINALLY FOUND ME

STARS EXPLODED AROUND ME

I OPENED HEAVEN'S OWN DOOR

YOU'RE NO DREAM...

YOU ARE MORE!