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Childhood Memories - Music For Younger Pianists / Arzruni


Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80590   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert StarerNed RoremDianne Goolkasian RahbeeBen Weber,   ... 
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Are you a piano teacher looking for easy yet interesting pieces to assign your students? Have you had your fill of the Anna Magdalena Notebook, Schumann's Album for the Young, or Bartók's For Children and Mikrokosmos? Then you've come to the right disc. Here are 10 virtually unknown yet delightful suites of miniatures penned by a broad range of eminent American composers. Amy Beach's Children's Carnival is typical of her Romantic parlor-room style, and its tricky passagework will keep students honest. Contemporary techniques involving chord clusters, bi-tonality, wide-leaping intervals, and new ways of pedaling characterize Robert Starer's Sketches in Color.


Miriam
Read more Gideon's Altered Steps to Altered States offer similar modernism on an easier technical level, while Louise Talma's Soundshots are delicate, smartly contrasted neo-classical jewels. George Perle's knotty Modal Suite (modal by the skin of its atonal teeth!) might be described as a bridge between Bartók's more difficult Mikrokosmos and Schoenberg's Six Little Pieces Op. 19. I like the brash rhythms and urban zest of William Mayer's Subway in the Sunshine and Other Memories. And who'd guess that the charming, snappy Four Pieces that close the disc actually were written by as uncompromising a modernist as Roger Sessions?


Such repertoire, however, is best served when interpreted by a mature artist possessing seasoned, adult-size fingers. Enter Sahan Arzruni, whose discography suggests that he may well be a "children's piano music" specialist. He certainly plays these works with all the love, attention to detail, tone color, and character they deserve--and his annotations are both thorough and informative. Let's hope this disc will inspire younger generations of American composers to write quality piano music for student consumption.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sketches in Color by Robert Starer
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
2.
A Quiet Afternoon by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
3.
Toccatinas (3) by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Lyric Piece for Piano by Ben Weber
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
5.
Subway in the Sunshine and Other Memories by William Mayer
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968/1993; USA 
6.
Altered Steps to Altered States by Miriam Gideon
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953/1991; USA 
7.
Modal Suite for Piano by George Perle
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
8.
Little Suite by Lou Harrison
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
9.
Soundshots by Louise Talma
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1974; USA 
10.
Pieces for Children (4): Little Piece by Roger Sessions
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
11.
Pieces for Children (4): Waltz for Brenda by Roger Sessions
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
12.
Pieces for Children (4): Scherzino by Roger Sessions
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
13.
Children's Carnival, Op. 25 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Sahan Arzruni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; USA 

Sound Samples

Children's Carnival: Promenade
Children's Carnival: Columbine
Children's Carnival: Pantalon
Children's Carnival: Pierrot and Pierrette
Children's Carnival: Secrets
Childrens Carnival: Harlequin
Sketches in Color: Purple
Sketches in Color: Shades of Blue
Sketches in Color: Black and White
Sketches in Color: Bright Orange
Sketches in Color: Grey
Sketches in Color: Pink
Sketches in Color: Crimson
Sketches in Color: Maroon
Sketches in Color: Aluminum
Sketches in Color: Silver and Gold
Sketches in Color: Khaki
Sketches in Color: Pepper and Salt
Sketches in Color: Aquamarine
Sketches in Color: Chrome Yellow
A Quiet Afternoon: A Quiet Afternoon
A Quiet Afternoon: A New Game
A Quiet Afternoon: The Little Boy Lost
A Quiet Afternoon: The Little Boy Found
A Quiet Afternoon: Lonsesome Waltz
A Quiet Afternoon: The Tiny Tin Dancers
A Quiet Afternoon: Near The Strange Garden
A Quiet Afternoon: A Trick
A Quiet Afternoon: Evening Rainbow
Three Toccatinas: I.
Three Toccatinas: II
Three Toccatinas: III
Lyric Piece
Subway in The Sunshine and Other Memories: Bird-Cage
Subway in The Sunshine and Other Memories: Feeding Pigeons
Subway in The Sunshine and Other Memories: Rude Bird
Subway in The Sunshine and Other Memories: The Stream that Knew Sadness
Subway in The Sunshine and Other Memories: Subway in The Sunshine
Altered Steps to Altered States: Hesitating Seconds
Altered Steps to Altered States: Sliding Thirds
Altered Steps to Altered States: Insistent Fourths
Altered Steps to Altered States: Stretching Fifths
Altered Steps to Altered States: Everything at Sixes and at Sevens
Altered Steps to Altered States: Wounded Octaves
Modal Suite: I.
Modal Suite: II
Modal Suite: III
Little Suite for Piano: I. Pastorale
Little Suite for Piano: II. Quadrille
Little Suite for Piano: III. Chorale
Soundshots: The Swing
Soundshots: The Pony Express
Soundshots: Duck Duet
Soundshots: The Bird Says Bob White
Soundshots: Quiet Time
Soundshots: Follow The Leader
Soundshots: Skipping
Soundshots: The Robin
Soundshots: Black and White
Soundshots: Circles
Soundshots: Two by Two They Came
Soundshots: Run, Rabbit, Run!
Soundshots: Strolling
Soundshots: Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter
Soundshots: A Heavy Load
Soundshots: Whirling Pin Wheels
Soundshots: Jumping High
Soundshots: End of Day
Soundshots: The Clocks
Soundshots: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Little Piece
Waltz for Brenda
Scherzino
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