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Moments Musicaux

by Lesley Spencer

Original piano music that is \"sometimes light and playful and sometimes very dark and haunting, with other pieces somewhere in between - much like life itself.\" Great music for everyone from the classical music aficionado to the casual listener.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Dance Of Life
3:41 album only
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2. Child's Play
4:02 album only
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3. Fellini Waltz
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4. Pirouette
3:35 album only
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5. The Lost Baby
4:26 album only
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6. The Path Of My Soul
5:40 album only
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7. Ode To Harry Potter
4:33 album only
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8. Good Bye Dear Friends
3:02 album only
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9. Morning Edition
1:42 album only
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10. Scherzo
1:43 album only
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11. Little Jazz Waltz
2:11 album only
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12. Rainy Day Theme
2:05 album only
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13. Force Of Nature
2:03 album only
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14. Inventing Time
4:37 album only
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15. Waltz For Keegan
3:33 album only
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16. Raison d'Etre
5:32 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Chicago-based Lesley Spencer is a professional free-lance producer, composer, and pianist who has worked with the San Francisco Opera, Victory Gardens Theatre, Urban Gateways, and Radio City Recording. She established Gabriella Music as an independent artist-owned label in 1997. Her critically acclaimed music is heard on NPR’s nationally syndicated programs Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, as well as on XM and Sirius satellite plus hundreds of public radio stations in North America - and in Europe on Spain’s Radio Despi, Radio SLOR in The Netherlands, Romania’s Arad & more.

Lesley’s music “transcends the ordinary“ and has a strong visual quality which evokes a wide range of emotions from the listener. Her earlier recordings, “INSIDE THE MELODY, & PASSIONATE JOURNEY,” established Lesley as an artist of unique talents. Ever evolving as an arranger, she worked with some of the brightest lights in the Chicago music scene on her CDs, “A MOVEABLE FEAST” - her first Latin Chamber Pop Ensemble CD released in 1999, and the sequel THE BEST OF TIMES”, released in 2000. Both CDs featured internationally acclaimed guitarist Fareed Haque.

In 2001 Lesley teamed up with Fareed Haque to produce “AUTHENTIC FLAVORS” - Lesley Spencer & The Latin Chamber Pop Ensemble - featuring Fareed Haque. Also joining the production team for “AUTHENTIC FLAVORS” were well known Chicago arrangers Pete Labella and Ricardo Lorenz. Recorded at STUDIOCHICAGO - “AUTHENTIC FLAVORS” was completed in May of 2002.

In the summer of 2002 - inspired by the thoughts, prayers, and sentiments of countless e-mails from people who were struggling to digest and put into perspective the tragic events of 9/11 - Lesley released an enhanced CD single and a video of her “SEPT 11TH ANTHEM”. It captures in words & music the essence of that struggle and infuses it with hope - providing us with an ANTHEM truly appropriate for the 21st century. “SEPT 11TH ANTHEM “ was the subject of an NBC CHANNEL 5 news story in Chicago by Mary Ann Ahern which was broadcast on 7/02/02 & 7/3/02. Co-produced by Lesley Spencer & Pete Labella, the ANTHEM features some of the finest professional choral singers & musicians in Chicago.

In 2003 Lesley wrote and produced an orchestral CD called “CLASSICAL DELIGHT” - Lesley Spencer & The Latin Chamber Pop Ensemble & Orchestra. Pete Labella was the head arranger, Ricardo Lorenz the guest arranger - and Fareed Haque the featured guitar soloist - with special guests Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus - Emily Ellsworth, Director. They were joined by additional top-notch studio jazz musicians and orchestral players from the Chicago Lyric Opera and Grant Park Symphony Orchestras.

Two collections, “JOY GARDEN” and “POSTCARDS FROM SPAIN” were released in 2004 & 2005, respectively, the latter qualifying for New Age Reporter’s Lifestyle Awards best album of the year in 4 categories. In 2007 Lesley produced two “SURVIVOR MEDITATIONS” CDs for cancer patients, one in english and one in spanish, which features her solo piano music from her solo album “SECRET PLACES PRIVATE THOUGHTS”. Additionally, Lesley’s music has been licensed for several audio & video projects including inspirational cassettes by cosmetics doyenne & motivational speaker Marilyn Miglin, a 2005 PBS documentary “STONES FROM THE SOIL”, and most recently, a 2006 Disney movie, “STICK IT”. Currently she is busy producing 2 documentaries which will be released in 2008 and which both feature her music.

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Kathy Parsons

Wonderful Solo Piano!
Composer Lesley Spencer has created a solo piano masterpiece with “Moments Musicaux,” her tenth full-length CD, which also commemorates the tenth anniversary of her indie label, Gabriella Music. Ms Spencer utilizes her vast musical training and experience to effortlessly bridge the classical and contemporary genres with music that is sometimes light and playful and sometimes very dark and haunting, with other pieces somewhere in between - much like life itself. The sixteen pieces are complex enough to satisfy the discerning classical music aficionado but still accessible and melodic enough for the more casual listener who wants some great music to relax and unwind with. The title of the album recalls a suite of pieces by 19th century composer Franz Schubert, and like Schubert’s beloved collection, this album contains a variety of moods and musical tales about life and the characters in it. Charming and compelling, I think this is Spencer’s strongest work to date.

The first musical moment is “Dance of Life,” a piece that swirls and spins with energy and excitement. With only a few pauses to catch its breath, this pieces just keeps moving. “Child’s Play” brims over with such lighthearted innocence that you can almost hear children laughing in the background. One of my favorites is “Fellini Waltz,” a wonderful minor key tribute that is compelling, ironic, and very Italian - much like the filmmaker who inspired it. “The Lost Baby” is a tragic piece that goes right to the heart with its emotionally wrenching melody and haunting mood. “Ode to Harry Potter” is another favorite. Mysterious, lively, and energetic, it captures the spirit of the boy wizard. “Piano Suite II” is a group of five shorter pieces. “Morning Edition” is frenetic, describing the rush of the morning commute and getting the day started in a big city. “Scherzo,” which means “joke,” is lively, playful, and full of fun. “Little Jazz Waltz” is a carefree little dance. “Rainy Day Theme” is wistful and dreamy. And then “Force of Nature” storms in, turning everything dark and mysterious. “Waltz For Keegan” is a tender waltz written for a friend’s son who died of leukemia a few years ago at the age of eight. It’s a beautiful remembrance.

I should probably mention that I had the opportunity to edit the piano sheet music for this collection before I heard the finished CD, and the music is as much of a joy to play as it is to listen to. Very highly recommended!
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