Based on the traditional English folk song and nursery rhyme, “Lavender’s Blue,” this delightful arrangement by Jenny Walker adds unexpected harmonies and key changes. The march-like 4/4 section gives a new, sombre feel which quickly gives way to a brighter, more flamboyant ending.
A substantial and captivating descriptive piano work by Jenny Walker depicting an Irish stream from its small pure beginning high in the hills gaining volume and depth as it torrents through the forest. A reel interrupts the flow as the water dances over rocks and echoes of the stream are heard as it is swallowed up by the ocean. Winner of the European Piano Composers Competition, 2014.
Glad Rags by Jenny Walker is a catchy, modern ragtime duet that fluctuates between minor and major keys. The second provides the main rhythmic drive whilst the primo part has long, single notes and syncopated snippets. This showcase duet serves as a fun introduction to the ragtime style.
A hauntingly beautiful arrangement of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King) arranged by Debbie Center. This piece is a beloved Jewish New Year prayer which is sung in synagogues around the world during the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, is an integral part of the services, announcing the new year to all. Often, the shofar is blown near a body of water. The cover features an Israeli shofar belonging to Debbie’s son, Joel. Debbie created the photograph at her lake home in Nevis, Minnesota.
Meditation (from Thais)
Meditation, from Thais by Jules Massenet, is arranged for solo piano in loving memory of my father, concert violinist Hy Shulman. I have such wonderful memories of Dad playing this piece on his violin at family gatherings. Years later, I repeatedly played a recording of Thais when I was pregnant with our son. He grew up to be an accomplished violinist himself and reminds me so much of my father! The cover photo is a self-portrait of me sitting with our son on our dock while gazing at the Milky Way.