Reflection of Wonder
A consistent arpeggiation in the left hand support the lyricsm created by the melody in the right. As the piece progresses, the dynamics and melodic pattern are heightened and give a broadened sense for your audience. This casual work reveals a tranquility to be reached perfect for a ballad performance. Enjoy playing this work at your next concert or social gathering.
What a delightful and playful song to play! Switching between the meters 5/8 and 3/4 throughout the work, the song evokes of a social dance in everybody joins in. The disjunct melodic refrain returns after each new countermelodic section is performed, with the final section featuring a mixture of the three countermelodies and their accompaniments. This will make you and your audience trip the light fantastic and have a delightful time!
On our life’s journeys, we look for moments to pause and reflect. In order to have these opportunities and fully immerse ourselves, we must find a quiet place, a safe haven, to do so. Our sanctuary becomes our peaceful environment, our own time to look inward. This solo piano work encompasses that idea with a calming presence. The opening chords ring with anticipation of the upcoming serenity, evolving into a chiming motif pervasive throughout the work complemented with an inner-voice countermelody and supportive harmonies. With this calming section of music, the next introduces a folk-like structure and variations of well-known church hymn melodies. Transitions based on common tones expand the song to heightened levels unfolded into recapitulations of the bell-like motif patterns. The song ends in an elongated, deeper sense of patience and tranquility reaching with extended plagal cadence and diminishing chime motifs fading into the distance. You and your audience can fully immerse into this safe haven work and become whole once again.
She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
Given a gentile yet animated interpretation, the traditional folk song receives a renewed vision that will intrigue you and your audiences alike. Featuring chromatic passages and a grandiose finale, this arrangement will be an excellent addition to your solo piano repertoire.
Arguably the most famous Christmas carol of all time, Franz Gruber’s original tune was originally supposed to be performed with his church’s pipe organ but because of its deterioration that would make played notes sound out of tune, the song was first performed on guitar. This arrangement is a reflection of that event. The prelude, sounding pleasant at first, soon starts to drift out of tune with non-harmonious tones before reaching its clashing resolution. The song is then reintroduced with guitar-like strums and the simplistic melody with little embelishments.
Silver and Gold
With a chiming bells motif and a simple waltz style, the familiar Christmas tune comes to life in this arrangement for solo piano. The original song was first performed by Burl Ives for the 1964 animated movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The melody and its countermelodies are supported by a traditional waltz pattern in the left hand and flourishes into lyrical arpeggiations as the piece progresses. What a lovely piece to perform in the Christmas season!
Sing We Now of Christmas
Arrangers around the world have gravitated toward this familiar melody and used it in many different interpretations. Such a wonderful melody to set and to perform! This arrangement incorporates the tune with a Baroquean flair. You and your audience will have fun with this driving work!
Sitting at a Small Café in Naples
One can see so much of the world, even from the chairs of an Italian coffee shop. The music illustrates an old man witnessing a little girl playing with her balloon and a newly-engaged couple embracing and sharing their love and happiness, both pictures reminding the old man of the similarly wonderful times he made in his own lifetime. Rubato lyricism gives character to this song during the recurring main theme, allowing the pianist to create their own discretion during performance. Your audience will love hearing this work come to life.
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
This melancholy and sorrowful spiritual grants so much emotion behind it, it needed an arrangement to fit. As easily as this piece begins, it is soon clear there is some powerful upcoming moments. You will soon find more dissonances and thickening of chords that you will feel yourself digging into the piano keys and even more into the spiritual itself. This piece will become a moving experience by the piano player and audience alike.
Spirit of the Living God
Like grace falling from the heavens as the original hymn depicts, this arrangement illustrates that idea with descending lines in the supporting passages over the melody in the left hand. As the piece moves forward, the treatment becomes more resonant and full transcending to a final section reminding of the original grace motif from the start.