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The Piano Music Of Billy Mayerl / Eric Parkin


Release Date: 07/26/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10324   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

3 discs for the price of 2!

In certain respects Billy Mayerl (1902-1959) was England's answer to early 20th century American novelty pianist/composers like Rube Bloom and Zez Confrey, who specialized in tuneful short pieces that exploited the keyboard top to bottom yet also fell easily on the ear. Mayerl's harmonic sense not only reflected his aforementioned American contemporaries (and Gershwin too) but also incorporated the lush impressionism popularized through Frederic Delius and Cyril Scott. You also find strong traces of Grieg's Lyric Pieces, as in "Merlin the Wizard" from the six-part suite The Legends of King Arthur.


Eric Parkin recorded three all-Mayerl recitals for Chandos in the
Read more late 1980s and early 1990s that brilliantly fused the debonair spirit of Mayerl's numerous shellac recordings with the loving perspective of a modern classical pianist who knows their style cold. So it's no surprise to find Parkin relishing the almost Bartókian bitonal moments of Mayerl's four-part Insect Oddities as much as he effortlessly "swings" the Three Miniatures in Syncopation, or Honky-Tonk: a Rhythmical Absurdity. If you missed these three discs when they first came out, take advantage of their reissue in a modestly priced, slim-lined box set, complete with superb, brand new annotations by composer Peter Dickinson. Highly recommended.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Legends of King Arthur by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
Length: 14 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
2. Japanese Pictures (3), Op. 25 by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
3. April's Fool by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
4. Harp of the Winds by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
5. Marigold, Op. 78 by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1927; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
6. Railroad Rhythm by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
7. Shallow Waters by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
8. From a Spanish Lattice by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
9. Song of the Fir Tree by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
10. Nimble-Fingered Gentlman by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1934; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
11. Evening Primrose by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
12. Four Aces by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
13. Joker by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
14. Mistletoe by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
15. Autumn Crocus by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1932; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
16. Hollyhock, Op. 80 by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
17. White Heather by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
18. Dances (3) in Syncopation, Op. 73 by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
19. Bats in the Belfry by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1935; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
20. Green Tulips by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
21. Sweet William by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
22. Parade of the Sandwich-Board Men by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
23. Hop-'O-My-Thumb by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
24. Jill All Alone by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
25. Aquarium Suite by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
26. Filigree by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
27. Miniatures (3) in Syncopation by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
28. Siberian Lament by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
29. In my Garden: Summertime by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
30. Beguine Impromptu by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
31. Big Top by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1948; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
32. Honky-tonk by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
33. In my Garden: Autumntime by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1947; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
34. Romanesque by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
35. Insect Oddities (4): no 1, Wedding of an Ant by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1940; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
36. Insect Oddities (4): no 2, Ladybird Lullaby by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1940; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
37. Insect Oddities (4): no 3, Praying Mantis by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1940; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
38. Insect Oddities (4): no 4, Beetle in a Bottle by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1940; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 
39. Leprechaun's Leap by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (06/04/1987 - 06/07/1987); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/23/1989 - 11/24/1989); St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London (11/19/1991 - 11/20/1991) 

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