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Donna Rhodenizer | Musically Yours

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Musically Yours

by Donna Rhodenizer

This collection is a delightfully eclectic mix of gentle waltzes, toe-tapping fiddle tunes and beautiful melodies. Donna wrote and arranged all but two of the songs and her experience as a classical violinist and her traditional folk roots are evident.
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maiden, Fair Maiden
4:12 $0.89
2. Tune for Rhody
2:52 $0.89
3. Pay the Fiddler
3:00 FREE
4. Dance the Dream
5:00 $0.89
5. Remember Me
3:50 $0.89
6. Donna's Aire
2:19 $0.89
7. That's It for Today
2:11 FREE
8. Willow
2:58 $0.89
9. Child Child Please to Listen
3:38 $0.89
10. Lady of the Red Castle
2:53 $0.89
11. Wash in the Basin
2:19 FREE
12. House on the Hill
3:34 $0.89
13. Port Hope
2:54 FREE
14. One Small Voice
3:04 $0.89
15. Ashokan Farewell
3:01 $0.89
16. Until I Return
2:48 $0.89
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Album Notes
Donna Rhodenizer is a composer, music educator, performer and recording artist. Her creative output includes over 30 instrumental compositions for violin/fiddle, accordion, piano, and handbells, two dozen choral octavos for adult choirs as well as 50 songs in four songbook collections for elementary students. Her song collections are used in schools across Canada, the US, Trinidad and Tobago, and Australia, and her choral works have been performed by children in England, Ireland, Sierra Leone, Austria, Spain and other countries.

Donna’s choral compositions have made an impact on the musical landscape, including “The Love of the Sea”, which has been performed for audiences across Canada and also in Europe. It was included in the CBC Radio “Essential Maritime Playlist” for 2011 and was one of the songs featured on The Vinyl Café in January 2009. Several of her songs have been performed as part of the Unisong July 1st Concerts held annually in Ottawa, including “Someone Like Me” which was one of the massed choir numbers presented at Unisong 2009. Her song “We are the Children of the World” is being used in support of Free the Children, an organization dedicated to building schools for children in underdeveloped countries around the world.

It is now time for Donna’s instrumental compositions to take their place in the spotlight. Donna has shown herself to be a consummate creator of beautiful, lyrical melodies and rich harmonies. Her fans have long enjoyed these characteristics in both her choral and her instrumental compositions. The recent release of Musically Yours finally gives fans the opportunity to own a collection of Donna’s instrumental work, something for which they have been waiting for a long time. The CD offers gentle toe-tapping folk waltzes, fiddle tunes, stately songs with classical overtones, with some solo piano work added for good measure. Donna’s ability to switch with ease from violin/fiddle to piano to accordion allows her to showcase her talents in a variety of mediums and styles. Although Musically Yours is Donna’s first solo instrumental recording, it is the eleventh recording project of her career.
[Donna is the primary song writer for the professional singing duo, Donna & Andy, in which she performs. Donna & Andy received a Juno nomination for “Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me” a CD which included twelve of Donna’s original songs for children. Other CDs of her original songs have garnered an ECMA award and multiple nominations as well as awards and nominations from Music Nova Scotia]

Donna wrote most of the tracks on the CD. The only “cover tune” is Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Farewell, arranged by Donna for solo violin and piano. Donna made musical magic as she created all the arrangements on this recording. She complimented her violin/fiddle and accordion-based tunes with some of Nova Scotia’s finest musicians: Chris Mitchell on soprano sax and flute; local brass players and members of the Stadacona band; classsical guitar professor Eugene Cormier; well-known bass virtuoso Jamie Gatti; multi-instrumentalist Greg Simm; and consummate classical musicians, The Blue Engine String Quartet.

Donna plays the violin with the soul of a fiddler and the finesse of a classical violinist. Her melodies are memorable and beautiful. Her arrangements create musical moments that listeners will want to hear over and over again. Soprano saxophone added to accordion melodies creates a reedy aura of ancient castle ruins. Doubling violin with the soprano sax creates a depth of timbre that lifts melodies to beyond lovely. String Quartet, brass players and a classical guitar are used to deliver two of the CDs most moving classical moments.



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