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88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder

by Carl Schroeder

Original solo piano music composed and performed by Minnesota native Carl Schroeder.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mississippi River
2:08 $0.49
2. Jenny's Song
3:28 $0.49
3. Birmingham
6:40 $0.49
4. Fenn's Theme
3:10 $0.49
5. 88 Keys
1:34 $0.49
6. Memories From the Hill
8:38 $0.49
7. Christine's Lullaby
4:34 $0.49
8. Snowflake Song
2:39 $0.49
9. Wisdom
2:55 $0.49
10. Switch Track
4:48 $0.49
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"88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder" is a collection of original piano music composed and performed by Minnesota composer Carl Schroeder.

The album's highlights include the stirring "Birmingham," composed in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Mississippi River," a lyrical musical reflection on North America's longest river, and the title track, "88 Keys," which uses each of the piano's 88 keys exactly once.


Composer Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a graduate of St. Olaf College, writes music for concert band, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and piano that is often inspired by American history, current events, natural surroundings and memories.

His large ensemble music has been performed by more than 30 concert bands, orchestras and choirs including the Air Force Band of Mid-America and Ukraine's Chamber Choir Kyiv. He has received commissions from numerous ensembles and individuals, and four CDs of his music have been released.



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Kathy Parsons

“88 Keys” is 24-year-old Carl Schroeder’s fourth CD release to date, but his first exclusively solo piano recording. With an impressive set of musical credentials already, Schroeder is a young artist with a unique vision and voice. Most of the music on this CD leans more toward contemporary classical than new age (whatever that means anymore), but is mostly very accessible, ranging from smoothly melodic to more experimental and edgy. Schroeder composes a lot of music for high school and college bands and orchestras, and that feeling of a larger scale of music is apparent in the complexity of the music, but Schroeder is an accomplished pianist who obviously feels very much at home with the instrument. Also passionate about American history and politics, several of these pieces are about American events and places, sharing ideas about these things without ramming a specific message down anyone’s throat. I’m very impressed with Carl Schroeder’s work!

“Mississippi River” begins the set in a distinctively American style. A musical portrait of this country’s longest river, the piece is strong and powerful, but not hurried or turbulent. “Jenny’s Song” is much quieter and more delicate. Full of love and tenderness, the melody is played mostly in the upper registers of the piano. When it comes more to the center of the instrument, a contrasting strength is added to the almost fragile high notes. “Birmingham” is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoughtful and reflective, a quiet strength and dignity permeate the music, creating a very impressive musical portrait of a true American hero. An occasional phrase from “We Shall Overcome” conjures up vivid memories. “Fenn’s Theme” is very melodic but also very passionate - a favorite. The title track is a fascinating experimental piece that uses every key on the piano only once. “Memories From the Hill” is a very effective series of musical vignettes that range from sweetly melodic to menacing and very abstract. An 8 1/2 minute work, it’s quite a tour de force that covers a lot of musical territory without seeming at all fragmented. The pieces flows seamlessly from one theme to the next even though they are quite different from each other. “Christine’s Lullaby” is a gentle tribute to the youngest victim of the 9/11 attacks. “Snowflake Song” and “Wisdom” are lovely pieces adapted from an original two-movement choral work - very peaceful. “Switch Track” closes the album with one of the “bigger” works that is almost cinematic in its scope. Bravo!

As you can see, there is a wide variety of playing and composing styles on “88 Keys,” and Carl Schroeder does them all exceptionally well. Very highly recommended!

Midwest Record

Warm, up close and personal
How perfect is this? A young cat from Minnesota named Schroeder playing impressionistic piano?

With a bunch of recognition already under his young belt, he's more impressionistic than George Winston, less new age than Yanni, not jive cocktail and just plain good. It's a warm, up close and personal date that's hard to easily pigeon hole unless you simply like solo piano work. Then, you're sure to get it. This is a cat to watch for.