Charles McDaniel | Clair De Lune, Moonlight Sonata and Other Serene Piano Works

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Clair De Lune, Moonlight Sonata and Other Serene Piano Works

by Charles McDaniel

Peaceful Piano Classics
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”: I. Adagio sostenuto
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2. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
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3. Gymnopedie No. 1 in G Major
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4. Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 1 in G Minor
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5. Prelude in B Minor, Op. 28, No. 6
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6. Prelude in D-Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15
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7. Arabesque No. 1 in A Major
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8. Gymnopedie No. 3 in A Minor
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9. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Grave
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10. Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28, No. 20
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11. To a Wild Rose in A Major, From "Woodland Sketches"
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12. Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 68, No. 2
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13. Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It is my pleasure to present a variety of serene piano classics of various composers. These pieces are intended for easy classical listening and enjoyment. From Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" to the beautifully composed Clair de Lune and Arabesque No. 1 by Debussy, each of the pieces on this disc represent thoughtful daydreams. I chose two of Frederic Chopin's Nocturnes, or "night pieces," one of the great instigators of the form. These pieces represent all of the beautiful colors of nocturnal rest. His famous "Raindrop" Prelude also depicts what some believe to be gentle rainfall. Erik Satie's Gymnopedies (Nos. 1 and 3 on this disc) were originally composed for piano, but given their beautiful melodies also have been recomposed for other instruments. Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata, Movement II, is certainly one of his best known melodies and its peaceful beauty captures the essence of his lyrical writing. MacDowell's "To a Wild Rose" is a contemplative thought upon seeing a wild rose. It is my hope that you enjoy these gentle classics of the great composers.

Charles McDaniel Biography

Charles McDaniel holds undergraduate degrees in Music, History, and English, and Master's Degrees in Piano Performance and Comparative Literature from the University of New Mexico. He then completed his Doctorate at Trinity Southwest University in Theology and Music. Charles studied piano with pianist/composer Michael Mauldin, University of New Mexico professors Dr. Myung-Hee Chung. Rita Angel, and Arlette Felberg. Charles has performed a wide variety of concerts in his native state of New Mexico, and he has also presented concerts in other states. In 2016 he had the opportunity to travel to Moscow, Russia, where he also played a concert. Charles has also performed widely with the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Liszt's "Totentanz," Tschaikowsy's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. Charles also played with the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998, presenting the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F. Charles teaches piano instruction full time at the Albuquerque Academy of the Arts, a school dedicated to the instruction of music and theory.

Symphonic Endeavors Label

The Symphonic Endeavors Corporation was founded by Dr. Charles McDaniel, and this new CD Label presented here is dedicated to producing high quality recordings of ourstanding musicians, with emphasis on young musicians, competition winners, prominent new musicians, and production of the great memorable melodies of the classical repertoire. The first two discs in this title series is this disc and Mr. McDaniel's "Golden Piano Classics" (SE-CD 1)

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