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Book of Preludes: 1-15 for Piano

by Barry Michael Wehrli

These 15 evocative and original piano preludes blend classical, impressionism, jazz, new age, and more in a neo-romantic setting, taking listeners on a captivating hour-long musical journey.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Book of Preludes 1-15 for Piano: Prelude 1
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Work on the preludes began with the arrival of a new millennium - not by design but simply by coincidence born out of necessity. With much of my performance experience involving electronic keyboards in groups playing popular 20th-century music, I was longing for the intimacy and aesthetics of solo piano playing. I also resolved to compose my own material rather than simply study existing works - a practice I knew well having already written music in several genres. In the beginning, I had no idea what would pour out of me, nor did I have any preconception of writing an entire volume of works, a goal that would have seemed overwhelming at the time. I was determined only to write freely and expressively, adhering to no particular styles, rules or conventions.
I didn’t plan to call the works preludes. It wasn’t until the completion of the sixth work in 2003 that the compositional style of “prelude” (as in the short character pieces of Frederic Chopin or Claude Debussy) seemed appropriate in the growing collection. Stylistically, the collection reminded me of Beethoven and also the Romantic Era preludes of Chopin, which have influenced me since the day I began learning the “Raindrop” Prelude, Opus 28, No. 15; but also present in the music were elements of various later styles such as new age, jazz, avant-garde and impressionism. I had created a collection that was cohesive, but had enough diversity to maintain a listener’s interest and create a sense of musical journey from one work to the next, without being too eclectic. I was satisfied with the term “Neo-Romantic” to describe the music and decided, with an adequate label now in place, that future preludes should not stray far from the overall nature of these six compositions.
Unfortunately, any decisions regarding future work had little meaning at the time, as all such composing then ceased for many years in favor of teaching, performing, administrative and product-development obligations.
It wasn’t until the fall of 2012, while I was writing short pieces for my instructional book Classic Series: Volume 2 - Intermediate Basics for the Piano, that a new prelude emerged. Initially written to present students with a short work using swung eighth notes, the “Excerpt from Prelude No. 7” was greatly expanded to become the work now presented here. With this prelude completed and other professional responsibilities lessening, I felt a renewed sense of purpose and committed myself to writing an entire volume for eventual publication. I wrote the remaining eight preludes steadily over the course of about one year, finishing the 15th and final prelude on October 8, 2013.
I would like to thank all those who guided and influenced my musical psyche - particularly my teachers, my mother and father who encouraged and nurtured my development, and my endlessly supportive wife, Linda Wehrli (a gifted pianist in her own right). I hope you enjoy listening to these preludes as much as I did composing and recording them.
Music composed, performed, recorded and produced by Barry Micheal Wehrli. Recorded at Wehrli Music Studio, Valley Village, California, April 2016. Mastered by Ruairi O'Flaherty at Whisper and Shout, Los Angeles, California. Design and cover photography by Barry Michael Wehrli.
The entire "Book of Preludes: 1-15 for Piano" is available in print music form (© 2014) at my website, Amazon and select retailers, and includes biographical information.

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