Matthew McCright | What Is Left Behind

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What Is Left Behind

by Matthew McCright

This album features piano music that defines, reshapes, and narrates the experiences of the composers by way of migration, passing, and journey.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. The Way North: I. Introduction (Hopes and Premonitions)
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2. The Way North: II. First Crossing
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3. The Way North: III. In Transit 1 (Anxiety as the Train Approaches)
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4. The Way North: IV. La Bestia
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5. The Way North: V. Nocturne Atop a Train
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6. The Way North: VI. In Transit 2 (Waking Up)
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7. The Way North: VII. Fuga
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8. The Way North: VIII. Rain Outside the Church
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9. The Way North: IX. Running Again
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10. The Way North: X. Las Chepas (Ghost Town)
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11. The Way North: XI. Second Crossing
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12. The Way North: XII. Elegy for the Nameless / Dreams of Flight
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13. Falling
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14. Brigid's Flame
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15. Siar (West)
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16. The Dove Is Sad
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17. Flight School
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album would not be possible without the generous support of the Minnesota State Arts Board-Artist Initiative. (My adopted home state is so wonderful in its support of the arts…be envious!) This award let me commission Reinaldo Moya, a transplant resident of Minnesota from Venezuela (by way of NYC). The resulting work is an epic 40-minute piano tour de force, The Way North; choosing a Central American migrant as our Everyman, who makes the perilous journey from Central America, through Mexico, and into the US; leaving behind every thing that is known.

The album theme of “What is Left Behind” came together by a happy accident. I have been playing Amy Williams pieces, Falling/Brigid’s Flame and Steve Taylor’s The Dove is Sad for some time; both evoke an idea of departure. Two of these pieces are homages and that concept gave way to commissioning Linda Buckley (my dear Irish “sister”) to compose Siar (Gaelic for “West”) about her grandfather’s immigration from Ireland to NYC to work as a laborer building the Empire State Building, and then returning to the farms of Ireland. Reinaldo’s piece became the flashpoint that drew all of these works that I have known and loved into a working theme. Throw in a newer piece for me: Andrea Mazzariello’s Flight School, which focuses on embarking on a new adventure, and bing bang boom…we have an album!

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