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HARRIS, R.: Piano Music (Complete) (Burleson)


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HARRIS, R.: Piano Music (Complete) (Burleson)

Many of Roy Harris’s piano pieces were inspired by his wife, the pianist Johana Harris, and demonstrate his wide-ranging musical influences, from Medieval chant and Baroque counterpoint to 20th-century French composers (he studied with Nadia Boulanger) and American and Irish folk music. His love of polytonal sonorities, spacious virtuosity, rhapsodic improvisational passages and intimate moods—a heady brew of diverse ingredients!—gives his piano music a fascinating quality, as if one were experiencing spontaneously evolving soundscapes teeming with vitality. Harris’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (8.559227), 5 & 6 (8.559609) and 7 & 9 (8.559050) are also available.

Harris, Roy

  Piano Sonata, Op. 1
1.   I. Prelude: Maestoso, con bravura 00:02:10
2.   II. Andante ostinato: Misterioso 00:05:24
3.   III. Scherzo: Vivace 00:02:31
4.   IV. Postlude: Maestoso, con bravura 00:01:40
  Little Suite
5.   I. Bells 00:01:03
6.   II. Sad News 00:00:47
7.   III. Children at Play 00:00:31
8.   IV. Slumber 00:00:47
  American Ballads, Set I
9.   I. Streets of Laredo 00:02:11
10.   II. Wayfaring Stranger 00:02:04
11.   III. The Bird 00:01:42
12.   IV. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair 00:01:14
13.   V. Cod Liver lle 00:02:05
  Suite in 3 Movements
14.   I. Occupation 00:02:28
15.   II. Contemplation 00:04:38
16.   III. Recreation 00:03:19
  Toccata for Piano
17.   Toccata for Piano 00:04:31
  American Ballads, Set II
18.   I. Li'l Boy Named David 00:03:07
19.   II. When Johnny Comes Marching Home 00:01:53
  Variations on an American Folk Song, "True Love Don't Weep"
20.   Variations on an American Folk Song, "True Love Don't Weep" 00:03:43
  Untitled Piano Piece (1926)
21.   Untitled Piano Piece (1926) 00:03:14
  Piano Sonata: III. Scherzo (original version)
22.   Piano Sonata: III. Scherzo (original version) 00:02:55
  A Happy Piece for Shirley
23.   A Happy Piece for Shirley 00:01:10
24.   Orchestrations 00:01:30

Total Playing Time: 00:56:37

Harris, Roy

Burleson, Geoffrey

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559664

Barcode: 636943966426

Physical Release: 09/2010

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