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Advent

by Solomon Keal

Peaceful solo piano sacred Christmas music.
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. What Child Is This?
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2. O Come O Come Emmanuel
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3. Pastoral Symphony
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4. Angels We Have Heard On High
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5. Blessed Night
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6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
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7. When the World Was White With Winter
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8. The Wexford Carol
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9. Rise Up Shepherd and Follow
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10. The Coventry Carol
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11. O Holy Night
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12. Go Tell It On the Mountain
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13. The Magnificat
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14. In the Bleak Midwinter
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15. Away in a Manger
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Solomon Keal is a solo piano artist from Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. He composes peaceful, relaxing New Age or Neo Classical solo piano music. Solomon’s music has often been compared to the music of Jim Brickman, John Tesh, George Winston, Claude Debussy, James Horner, David Lanz, Erik Satie, Chip Davis, Danny Wright, Liz Story, Kevin Kern, and Hagood Hardy.
Solomon has a home recording studio which allows him to record and produce his own albums. He is currently working with his sister Roxanne on composing several pieces for a flute and piano album, as well as his next solo piano album, entitled "Peace of Heaven." Solomon is an independent musician, meaning that he isn't signed to a record label. His own independent music business is called Peace of Heaven Music.
Six years of formal piano lessons laid the foundation for his ability to compose an average of 6 solo piano pieces a year since 1993. Solomon has performed his music for weddings, dinners, receptions, charity events, open mic nights, coffeeshops, and concerts.
In 1998, with the extraordinary help of Clark Ferguson (Bearswamp Studios), his family and friends, Solomon made his first self-published album entitled "Thoughts and Affections." Then in 2000, he made his second album, "Heritage."
Solomon has a diploma in Recording Engineering from the Audio Institute of America, and is capable of recording his own albums as well as recording for other musicians as well.
Solomon is also a piano teacher, specializing in non-traditional lessons which cover piano basics, music theory, composition, and improvisation.
Piano performing, composing, music teaching, and recording engineering are all fluid parts of Solomon's music career.
Solomon's piano music can now be heard on a couple of different online radio stations including: Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and New Church Radio.

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Laura

Love it!
I listened to a few of the songs for free on the artist's website and decided I had to have this CD. It's the perfect album if you're looking for soft, instrumental Christmas music different from everything else out there. Enjoy!
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Kathy Parsons

Soothing Christmas Music!
“Advent” is a collection of sacred Christmas music arranged for solo piano and performed by Solomon Keal. What is especially nice about this collection is that several less-common pieces are mixed in with the well-known songs, creating a beautiful change of pace from the overplayed holiday songs that often become stale and tiresome after awhile. All of the arrangements are quiet and peaceful, and are intended for unwinding, relaxing, or for a backdrop to an elegant dinner or worship. All of the songs have enough complexity for active listening, but there are no hard edges or discordance. Keal keeps the melodies in the forefront without a lot of fancy fingerwork or showmanship. He is confident enough in his capabilities to keep the songs simple and honest - and very heartfelt. Keal purposely arranged each of the fifteen songs in a different key - an interesting approach!

Highlights include lovely versions of “What Child Is This?” and “O Come, Come Emmanuel.” I always love their haunting melodies, and Keal does a beautiful job with them, adding some personal touches between the verses. “Blessed Night” was a new song for me, and a great discovery. The melody is gentle and sweet with just a touch of melancholy. “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” has such a sense of grace and dignity, and this is a especially nice arrangement. “When The World Was White With Winter” is another new one for me, although it is an old French carol. Another beauty, Keal’s spare arrangement creates a chill as well as a sense of stillness. “The Wexford Carol” goes back to the 12th century. Its simple melody is given minimal accompaniment and is very touching. Keal also includes two African-American spirituals, “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” and gives them the gentle treatment he has bestowed upon the other songs. I think the melody of “The Coventry Carol” is one of the most heartbreaking melodies ever composed, especially knowing the history of the song. Keal’s version is exceptional and deeply moving. The CD closes with a sweet and tranquil arrangement of “Away In a Manger” - such a gentle lullaby.

“Advent” is a great addition to your collection of Christmas music to enjoy as an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the holidays - a cup of musical hot cocoa!
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Eli Echols

Well-crafted variations of meaningful Christmas classics.
Advent is a terrific collection of well-crafted variations on traditional Christmas hymns and songs. Solomon Keal manages to work themes that we all know into new and unexpected arrangements, without sounding over-done or self-indulgent. With over an hour of music, Advent is the perfect CD to accompany a quiet Christmas gathering. I will be listening to it all season long, and probably even beyond!
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