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Fair Weather

by Nan Raphael & Brad Clark

While all but one piece on this album was written in the 21st century, and would fall under the category of "contemporary", they are all tonal and pleasing to listen to. The influence of a wide range of styles can be heard to include new age and jazz.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Dancing on the Wind: 1. Forest Flight
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2. Dancing on the Wind: 2. Sun Dance
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3. After the Storm
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4. Eliza's Aria
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5. Sweet Project
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6. Piccolo Moods: 1. Happiness
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7. Piccolo Moods: 2. Sorrow
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8. Piccolo Moods: 3. Joy
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9. Réveil Matin
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10. DC
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is my 5th album of music for piccolo and piano and I'm really excited about sharing this great music with you. We are in the midst of a second golden age for the piccolo. The first being from about the mid 1800s to early 1900s when hundreds of "concert in the park" style piece were written for piccolo since it recorded well on the equipment of the day. Since about 1980, there has been a wealth of new repertoire written for this much maligned little instrument. The piccolo has had a bad wrap and my mission in life is to prove that the piccolo can be pleasing to listen to. The hard part is getting folks to take a bite. Once they do, they are quite pleasantly surprised.

A little bit about me....I was solo piccoloist with the US Army Field Band from 1977-2003 where I had the privilege of being a featured soloist on several major tours with the Band. Since out of the Band I have been a guest piccolo artist/clinician nationwide. I am currently piccoloist with the InSeries Opera Company, Washington Winds recording Studio Band, International Flute Orchestra and Capitol City Symphony. I have played with the Kennedy Center Opera and Maryland Lyric Opera. In addition to recording CDs, I have compiled a book of piccolo solos and technical passages from the Symphonic Band repertoire and written several articles about piccolo playing.

Dancing on the Wind- Carolyn Morris, Australian oboist, pianist and composer. Her compositions are inspired by nature and the essence of the best in the human spirit. She is an associate composer for the Australian Music Centre and her music is also published by Warripang Press and Reed Music. She is also a certified Kenja Communications trainer. This is a uniquely Australian form of energy conversion meditation which facilitates access to creativity for people from all walks of life.
If it hadn’t been for the internet I never would have discovered her music. This piece has two movements titled Forrest Flight and Sun Dance. Having visited Australia twice, these pieces really reflect the more relaxed energy and colorful creativity of the people there.

After the Storm, constantine Caravassilis- Born in Toronto to a family of musicians, Constantine was raised on Samos Island, Greece, the birthplace of the great 6th century B.C. mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras. Taking his first violin lesson at age six, he soon switched to the piano and then founded his own orchestra and choir at age 15, giving annual concerts at the local lyceum. Constantine is currently an active pianist and conductor based in Toronto, which has been his home since his late teens. Since his mid-twenties, and while still a student, he has enjoyed international exposure through more than 350 performances of his music in more than 20 countries along with streaming exposure worldwide. He has a condition called Synesthesia which is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. For example in music each note has a color so as a composer this has been a real asset for him. I met him at the Canadian Flute Convention in 2015 where I heard a piece of his for mixed chamber ensemble. I liked the piece so much I asked him to write a piece for piccolo. What he came up with was a result of him picking my brain about my musical tastes along with other interests…one of them being meteorology. In the beginning of the piece the storm has just ended and it’s time to venture out and see the damage it has done followed by a sense of calm that it’s over and the birds coming back out to sing. The ending (to me) is a precursor to the next storm on the horizon.

Eliza Aria by Australian composer Elena Katz-Chernin (b.1957)- was published in 2009 and is based on the original score for her ballet Wild Swans. Elena immigrated to Australia in 1975 from Uzbekistan which was once part of the Soviet Union. She has won numerous music composition prizes in Australia, and her pieces are regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM radio. In 2009, Kats-Chernin was commissioned by the National Museum of Australia to write a piece for orchestra called Garden of Dreams, named for one of the architectural features of the museum, which premiered at the museum the same year. She has written a wide range of compositions from opera, ballet, silent film scores and works for orchestra. The ballet Wild Swans is based on The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, and tells the tale of Eliza, a princess whose wicked-witch stepmother has changed Eliza's eleven brothers into swans. Eliza must knit magic shirts from stinging nettles in order to break the spell and transform her brothers back into human form. With its basis in a fairy tale, the ballet follows in the tradition of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, with ballet scores by Russian-born composers Prokofiev and Stravinsky also acknowledged influences. Wild Swans was commissioned by the Australian Ballet and the Sydney Opera House. The score was completed in 2002 in collaboration with choreographer Meryl Tankard, who also worked with Kats-Chernin on part of the opening ceremony for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was given its premiere by the Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House on 29 April 2003.

Sweet Project- Written by French flutist Raymond Guiot (b.1930) studied with Marcel Moyse at the Paris Academy, winning first prize at age 17. After winning the Geneva prize, he joined the orchestra of the Paris Opera as principal flute. He taught for many years at the Paris Academy, and has taught masterclasses in Europe, Canada, and Japan. He is a professor at the Academia del Flauto in Rome. Sweet Project was published in 2011 for Jean-Louis Beaumaudier, a world renown French piccoloist. It is a very light, breezy piece with influences of jazz.

Piccolo Moods- Blaz Pucihar born in 1977 is from Slovenia and is also a well known accompanist who currently works at the Academy of music in Ljubljana. Written for Matjaz Debeljak,piccoloist with the Slovenian National Opera Theater and Ballet Company in Ljubljana, this fresh new work, explores many sides of the piccolo not commonly heard by the average listener and was premiered in February 2013. Movements titles Happiness, Sorrow and Joy affectively reflect these moods.

Reveil Matin- Johannes Donjon (1839-1912) was a French composer/flutist who wrote many pieces if the style of Pipeaux, light hearted and melodic yet technically demanding. We can thank the well known French piccoloist Jean Louis Beaumaudier for reviving many of these sweet gems, whcih were written during the so called Golden Age of the PIccolo between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Resurrected in 2011, this little gem is a fine example of the Pipeaux style described above.

DC- While at the Canadian Flute Convention back in 2015, I asked Gary Schocker, who is one of the most famous flutist/composers alive today, if he would write a piece dedicated to my hometown of Washington, DC. He said, "Sure, send me money and I'll write something for you". He flew home the day before me and by the time I was boarding my flight to go home, he sent me an email that he had written my piece. It is a delightful 2 part through composed composition starting with a serene melody filled with lots of D and Cs which to me is evocative of falling cherry blossoms, the second section sounds like Scott Joplin meets John Philip Sousa. John Philip Sousa was a native Washingtonian who is known as the March King. Listen for references to the Stars and Stripes Forever, our national march. DC is a lot of fun to play and a great way to finish off a recital. In addition to being an accomplished flutist and prolific composer, Gary Schocker also plays piano well enough to accompany himself on flute. Yes, I have seen this and it is quite remarkable!!!


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