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by John William Burrows

The compostions that make up 'Refections' are reminiscent of works by the masters of the Romantic period. This very special recording is in the catalog at the Library of Congress.
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Reflections
7:59 $1.29
2. Piano Sonata in A Major No. 2 "Historical": 1st Movement
12:20 album only
3. Piano Sonata in A Major No. 2 "Historical": 2nd Movement
5:25 $1.29
4. Piano Sonata in A Major No. 2 "Historical": 3rd Movement
10:11 album only
5. Kathleen's Waltz
5:14 $1.29
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Pianist/Composer John Burrows loved the music of the great European composers of the 19th century Romantic period.

Each of the tracks reflects that devotion in the pianistic skills of Mr. Burrows as well as the development and melodic content of each the pieces on this album.

The five tracks of Reflections start with the title track, melodic and engaging with a reflective passage. The second, third and fourth tracks make up the Historical Sonata in which Mr. Burrows covers the influences of classicism, the romantic period, quartal harmony and jazz idioms of the 20th century. The final track is a shimmering waltz written in celebration of his infant daughter, Kathleen.

The recording was created at the recording studio of Richard Wahlberg, in San Francisco, California, on a nine-foot Steinway Concert Grand Model D piano. Mr. Wahlberg employed 2 Neuman mics U-47 FET. These fed into an Ampex microphone mixer, and recorded onto a vacuum tubed Ampex Series 351 Magnetic Tape Recorder. The instructions to the presser were to create a recording that mirrored the master tape No EQ or added reverberation.

The original cassette recording submitted with the 1985 copyright application was made part of the collection at the Library of Congress (RYH1023).


John William Burrows was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He loved the piano and took to playing before he was school-age, around the age of four. His mother was a pianist and recognized the talent of her young son, nurturing that talent all the way through John's high school years. John Burrows served his country during the Korean conflict. He was not shipped to Korea but instead was sent to post World War Two Germany where he served as a chaplain s assistant. While serving, he had the opportunity to apply his musical skills, and began to explore the keyboard. Returning stateside, he was accepted at the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, New York. As an applied piano student of James Ball, John received the coveted Senior Recital Award with graduation.

A career of teaching music in public schools in the state of New York was followed by a period of self exploration and travel abroad and across the United States and Canada. A romantic man, John Burrows loved the music of the great European composers of the 19th century Romantic period. One of his favorite journeys was tracing the life of Chopin.

John prided himself on his athletic ability and well as his dedication to his beloved instrument. His daily routine included long distance running, tennis, golf, ice hockey, hiking or skiing. This was always preceded by two hours of practice that included his favorite Russian exercises and running scales and arpeggios up and down the keyboard. Afternoons and evenings, Mr. Burrows was back at the piano, either performing or working out his pieces.

Mr. Burrows passed away in November of 2012. This 2013 release is made possible by the friends and family of John William Burrows.


Reflections, 7:54, © 1985 John William Burrows ASCAP

Piano Sonata in A major, No. 2, 1st movement, 12:26, © 1985 John William Burrows ASCAP

Piano Sonata in A major, No. 2, 2nd movement, 5:25, © 1985 John William Burrows ASCAP

Piano Sonata in A major, No. 2, 3rd movement, 10:12, © 1985 John William Burrows ASCAP

Kathleen's Waltz, 5:10, © 1985 John William Burrows ASCAP



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