Songbook composed by Jenny Walker
Nuances by Jenny Walker is a collection of ten contemporary lyrical pieces depicting the beautiful things in life and reminiscent of childhood. Gazing up at the clouds, making time for a little play, daydreaming and staring in wonder at nature all provide a welcome diversion from the world’s troubles. They are written for the late-intermediate pianist and contain subtle harmonies and textures.
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About the composer
Jenny Walker grew up in Southampton, England and now resides in the county of Lincolnshire where she has a thriving teaching business. She holds an honours degree in music from the University of Wales and a diploma in piano performance from the Guildhall School of Music. She has always enjoyed creating music. Her Irish heritage, fiddle playing, and love of Debussy have greatly influenced her compositional style.
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