Chris Matarazzo | American Sketches

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American Sketches

by Chris Matarazzo

A collection of original, impressionistic piano pieces composed to capture the feelings of the everyday American experience. The pieces range from front porches to children's ball games to the sprawling beaches of Cape Cod to the streets of Philadelphia.
Genre: Classical: Impressionism
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Widow's Walk: I. North
3:33 $0.99
2. The Widow's Walk: II. South
3:48 $0.99
3. The Widow's Walk: III. East
6:42 $0.99
4. The Widow's Walk: IV. West
4:35 $0.99
5. Dancing with Catherine
3:45 $0.99
6. First Encounter Beach
7:51 $0.99
7. Philadelphia
5:36 $0.99
8. Widow Harding Pond
4:11 $0.99
9. Little Boy, Right Field
4:19 $0.99
10. Evening Gown, Midnight Surf
3:20 $0.99
11. Skateboards in the Rain
2:32 $0.99
12. Elderly Couple Sitting in Silence
2:43 $0.99
13. When the Streetlights Come On
4:04 $0.99
14. Suburban Sunset
1:41 $0.99
15. The Morning Moon
6:06 $0.99
16. Top of the Mountain
9:06 $0.99
17. Oh, Shenandoah
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
In his second CD release, Chris Matarazzo steps away from his songwriting influences and explores one of his first areas of musical interest: impressionism and "classical" music. "American Sketches" is primarily music for solo piano; music that is not meant to be virtuosic, but that is meant to capture the moods and emotions of various sitiations and settings in the American cultural and natural landscape. The piano is approached more like a miniature orchestra than a solo instrument, evoking harmonic, rhythmic and melodic sound pictures, while still remaining accessible and musically pleasing to the average listener. The aim was not to simply explore the lofty elements of America, but to touch upon everyday life, as well: an old couple sitting on their front patio; a boy standing, bored, in right field; a child racing to get home "before the streetlights come on" on a summer night; a lonely young woman walking the beach at midnight... The album closes with a song: Matarazzo's orchestral arrangment (and vocal performance) or the traditional American folk song, "Oh, Shenandoah."



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