I've recently finished recording Tchaikovsky's 'Album for the
Young' - a collection of 24 short piano pieces written to appeal to children. Some are traditional dances, as a
Polka and a Mazurka,
while others describe things children love, as Hobby-Horse and the
Sick Doll. This CD will probably be ready by the end of May, and I
will be posting ordering info then. As a teaser, you may listen to some tracks here:
March of the Tin Soldiers:
Here's a blank book especially for musicians:
Inside you will find 80 pages of ruled paper, with a pithy music
quote at the top of each. This makes a great gift for the musician in your life. Or just simply buy it for
Order this for $8.95 from:
I have just begun arranging Mendelssohn's Notturno, from
Midsummer Night's Dream, for five pianos, at the suggestion of Richard
Capp, who directs the five piano event every February at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, CO. The Notturno is
a very calming, soothing piece. If you have a 5 piano team, check back in a few weeks. It will probably take a
month or a little more to get that done. Lots of hours sitting at the computer! Please excuse that mess on my desk.
When I get started on a project, I get so focused on it that the house may fall down and I wouldn't notice!Papers
pile up and I hardly see them. It's probably a pretty sick way to work, but whatever...
My five piano arrangement of the first
movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and also a Gospel Medley I wrote were both performed - on March
30, 2017 - at the Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. I was very happy to hear reports are that
they were well-received.
I will be arranging some spirituals in medley form for our 5-Piano ('Pianos
Alive') concert for 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, CO. Devon Howard, Director of Theory and Keyboard
Studies at Southwestern Adventist University will also be performing this arrangement at a later date.
Current project: composing a musical setting of some poetry
written by a friend. It's a pure joy to try to find just the right notes to go with his wonderful words.
New Mp3's to listen to:
Here are Mp3's of three of the Boulder Rags for Woodwind Trio Woodwind Trios
and the 'Jour de Pan' 4 movement piece for bass flute and strings "Jour de Pan" for Bass Flute and Strings