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Annie Locke | Star of the Sea

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Star of the Sea

by Annie Locke

A nostalgic journey back to the piano parlor music of late 19th century America with a solo piano piece written by one of the first women popular composers, Amanda Kennedy and now played in a new recording by composer, Annie Locke.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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In a departure from the albums I have done so far, and from my latest solo piano album," A Glimmer of Hope", (relaxing music written by me in the new age/contemporary style), I have recorded "Star of the Sea" as a tribute to one of the first successful women composers of piano music in a popular style in America.

Amanda Kennedy is thought to have written this piano piece in 1883 when she was 16. At that time, it was unusual to find a woman composer getting a look in. But Amanda Kennedy's piece, played here by me, Annie Locke, was apparently very popular and a great success,selling over 2 million copies of the sheet music at that time. So much so, that it was later reconfigured by her as a choral piece, Star of the East which was also recorded later by Judy Garland.

I came across it because a friend of mine wanted to play it at her great uncle's funeral - apparently he loved it - and there was no recent recording available. I made a recording for my friend to use, and then, as I really liked the piece, thought that it would be a nice tribute, and of historical value, to release that recording.

And here it is: Star of the Sea - Reverie a present-day woman composer of solo piano music, playing a piece written by one of the first lady popular composers in the USA.



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