Heather Taves | East Coast Suite

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East Coast Suite

by Heather Taves

The sea flows through this music of Prince Edward Island. Heather Taves brings poetic fire to original compositions for solo piano that span classical and folk genres.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Prelude: Prana
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2. Toccata: Waves Play
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3. Air: Flat River Melody / Strathspey: Panmure House / Reel: Miramichi Fire
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4. Waltz: Marie
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5. Jig: Sir Wilfrid Laurier / Epilogue: Take Me Back to That Snug Green Cove
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These sets of Prince Edward Island “fiddle tunes” written for piano share an eighteenth century heritage with keyboard suites by Bach and Handel. Composer Heather Taves has drawn on both genres to create her East Coast Suite.

Prana and Marie are versions of songs written in 2008 to poems written by her sister Maggie Lillo. Marie was inspired by the PEI musician Marie Macintyre. Waves Play is a toccata or fast keyboard piece. To depict the sight of the ocean after a storm at Lord Selkirk Park, the Fibonacci series was used to create overlapping waves of sound. Flat River Melody was composed during a summer visit at Liz Dacombe’s Flat River farmhouse. Strathspey, Reel, and Jig are traditional fiddle tunes, here arranged by Taves for keyboard. The epilogue, Take Me Back To That Snug Green Cove, is a quote from Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s by Otto Kelland. It is dedicated to Taves’ nephew and veteran of Canada’s peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan, Captain J.P. Wright, and expresses the idea of homecoming.

HEATHER TAVES - PIANO

Praised by critics for “intelligence, imagination and virtuosity,” Heather Taves brings poetic fire to her performances and original compositions spanning classical, folk, and electronic genres.

Raised in the wild beauty of Prince Edward Island off the east coast of Canada, Heather Taves left home early to further her studies. By age 19, she had graduated with high distinction in piano performance from McGill University, performed Rachmaninoff Concerto III with orchestra, and was featured by the CBC on national broadcasts. She completed masters and doctoral degrees in Indiana and New York, studying with legendary pianists Gyorgy Sebok and Gilbert Kalish.

Heather Taves is also a songwriter, improviser, writer, blogger, producer, and has been active in raising funds for aboriginal scholarships. She is one of Canada’s most beloved and accomplished artist-teachers, many of her students having gone on to successful music careers. Dr. Taves is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Wilfrid Laurier University.


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