Aquarelles: Book I

for solo piano
by  R.A. Moulds

A gallery of both real and imagined aural postcards in a largely neo-impressionist style, including pieces for contemplation, comic episodes, and bravura performances.

I. Chrysanthèmes
II. Chevraux
III. Au Pic de Bugarach
IV. Hirondelles au Crépuscule
V. Kermesse Villageoise
VI. Entr’acte

These pieces may be performed as a set or individually, and the series will be continued.

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Duration: > 15 Minutes

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