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Soulscapes - Piano Music By African American Women / Corley


Release Date: 08/22/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 857   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Margaret BondsL. Viola KinneyDorothy Rudd MooreUndine Smith Moore,   ... 
Performer:  Maria Corley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jamaican-born Canadian pianist Maria Corley gave her first public performance at age eight. Since then, she has appeared on radio, television and concert stages in Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Europe. She completed her education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she studied with Alexandra Munn. Maria Corley received both Masters and Doctorate degrees in piano from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Gyorgy Sandor. Aside from being an accomplished pianist, Corley is an author, whose first novel, Choices, was published in Kensington’s Arabesque line. She is also a composer and arranger of music for both solo voice and chorus. Formerly an assistant professor at Florida A&M Read more University, she currently serves as staff accompanist at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Of this CD she writes, “Ethnicity and gender are not determining factors of ability, and if not for the potent combination of sexism and racism, perhaps more of the music on this recording might be better known. Included are two award-winning works: Kinney’s Mother’s Sacrifice and Price’s Sonata in e-minor. The other composers, Valerie Capers, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore and Zenobia Powell Perry, have all achieved long and successful careers in their chosen field of endeavor. In short, these are first and foremost fine pieces of music, regardless of the race and gender of their creators.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Troubled water by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/22/2005 
Venue:  Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Mother's Sacrifice by L. Viola Kinney
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/22/2005 
Venue:  Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
A Little Whimsey by Dorothy Rudd Moore
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
4.
Before I'd Be a Slave by Undine Smith Moore
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/22/2005 
Venue:  Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano in E minor by Florence Beatrice Price
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/22/2005 
Venue:  Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA 
Length: 27 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Piano Potpourri: Homage to William Levi Dawson on his 90th Birthday by Zenobia Powell Perry
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/22/2005 
Venue:  Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Portraits in Jazz by Valerie Capers
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/22/2005 
Venue:  Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA 
Length: 19 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Mother's Sacrifice
Portraits in Jazz: No. 1. Ella Scats the Little Lamb
Portraits in Jazz: No. 2. Waltz for Miles
Portraits in Jazz: No. 3. Sweet Mr. Jelly Roll
Portraits in Jazz: No. 4. The Monk
Portraits in Jazz: No. 5. Blues for The Duke
Portraits in Jazz: No. 6. A Taste of Bass
Portraits in Jazz: No. 7. Billie's Song
Portraits in Jazz: No. 8. Mr. Satchmo
Portraits in Jazz: No. 9. Cancion de la Havana
Portraits in Jazz: No. 10. Bossa Brasilia
Portraits in Jazz: No. 11. Blue-Bird
Portraits in Jazz: No. 12. Cool-Trane
A Little Whimsy
Before I'd be a Slave
Piano Sonata in E minor: I. Andante - Allegro
Piano Sonata in E minor: II. Andante
Piano Sonata in E minor: III. Scherzo
Homage
Troubled Water

Customer Reviews

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 Powerful with feeling April 11, 2014 By E. Murchie See All My Reviews "Mary Lou williams would be very proud. She tackles a range of styles and moods with technical expertise and real soul. This recording should be on every jazz fans must have list." Report Abuse
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