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ROM-1101 Whereas

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Catalogue #:ROM-1101
Duration:approx. 53' 30"
Composer Whereas
Rebecca Oswald presents thirteen formidable solo piano tunes that conjure vivid stories fueled by the artist’s passion....A masterful technique that give[s] the impression of a full orchestra....

— Raj Manoharan, RajMan Reviews

Rebecca Oswald


thirteen songs for solo piano

Composer Rebecca Oswald’s “Whereas” songbook is a concept album of thirteen neoclassical pieces for solo piano written in 2011. In these songs Oswald seeks to express the emotional depth and theoretical elegance of the great classical solo piano literature through her own masterful compositional voice. All of the songs have clear form and structure; several use compound or unusual meters, and one has a strict left hand ostinato throughout. Primarily tonal or triadic, the songs’ occasional key center shifts will intrigue and delight. Woven into the motivic accompaniment, the melodies might appear in the left hand or be shared between the two hands, and there is one crossed-hands passage. A few of the pieces require sostenuto pedal. The songs’ emotive content ranges from nuanced to dramatic, romantic to tragic, introspective to celebratory. The coil bound book has 61 pages of music, three prefatory pages addressing technique and markings, individual song difficulty rankings ranging from VI to X out of X, and a list of similarly ranked classical repertoire pieces for comparison.