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John Verrall: Compositions for Piano

by Kimberly Davenport

A program of solo piano music by American composer John Verrall (1908-2001), including the powerful Sonata I.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sketches and Miniatures: 1. Prelude I
0:56 $0.99
2. Sketches and Miniatures: 2. Canons
1:31 $0.99
3. Sketches and Miniatures: 3. Intermezzo
1:29 $0.99
4. Sketches and Miniatures: 4. Fughetta I
1:09 $0.99
5. Sketches and Miniatures: 5. Allegretto
1:13 $0.99
6. Sketches and Miniatures: 6. Prelude II
2:05 $0.99
7. Sketches and Miniatures: 7. Fughetta II
1:30 $0.99
8. Sketches and Miniatures: 8. Arietta
1:49 $0.99
9. Sketches and Miniatures: 9. Fugue
1:13 $0.99
10. Sketches and Miniatures: 10. Bizarria
1:48 $0.99
11. Sonata I: I. Allegretto
6:36 $0.99
12. Sonata I: II. Vivace
6:58 $0.99
13. Sonata I: III. Adagio e serioso
7:39 $0.99
14. Theme and Variations: Eleven Variations on an Original Theme
10:31 $0.99
15. Autumn Sketches: 1. Evening in September
1:32 $0.99
16. Autumn Sketches: 2. Aspens in the Sun
2:45 $0.99
17. Autumn Sketches: 3. Autumn Loneliness
2:22 $0.99
18. Autumn Sketches: 4. Autumn Splendor
3:14 $0.99
19. Autumn Sketches: 5. First Frost
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Album Notes
John Verrall (1908-2001) was a 20th century American composer whose body of work includes a wide variety of instrumental, orchestral, chamber and vocal music, as well as three operas and a film score. During his long tenure on the composition faculty at the University of Washington, John Verrall was a beloved teacher and mentor to hundreds of young composers and performers, including Michael Davenport, then a young clarinetist at the university. It was through her father and duo partner Michael that Kimberly became aware of Verrall's powerful Piano Sonata. Her fascination with the work led to the discovery of more, and finally to this recording.

Kimberly Davenport is best known for her piano work with Duo Alea, which has released three critically acclaimed CDs of original music and transcriptions for bass clarinet and piano. The program on this CD was conceived in the same spirit as these earlier recordings - with a passion for bringing to life powerful music which has remained largely and undeservedly 'in the drawer' - unpublished and underperformed.

Verrall's elementally expressive and accessible style is revealed in this solo piano program, recorded in April 2005 in Tacoma, Washington. Included are Sketches and Miniatures (1954), Sonata I (1951), Theme and Variations: Eleven Variations on an Original Theme (1945, revised 1984) and Autumn Sketches (1956). Both the Sonata I and the Theme and Variations are artistic achievements, among the most powerful works of their era, while the shorter pieces are
true sketches -- highly evocative explorations of mood and form, achieved with economy and simplicity.

Kimberly holds a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and Bachelors degrees in music from the University of Washington.



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