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Medical Records

by Paul L. Fine, Errick Thomas & Daniel Cronin

A collection of original compositions for piano (and, in some cases, other instruments as well) in a variety of styles, including Romantic classical, jazz, and New Age.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maximal Love
Paul L. Fine
8:09 $0.99
2. Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano: Welcoming Claire
Paul L. Fine, Stefan Koch & Emily Olson
3:36 $0.99
3. It's Me
Errick Thomas
3:45 $0.99
4. Snow Day
Paul L. Fine
2:16 $0.99
5. The Carousel Ride
Daniel Cronin
2:31 $0.99
6. Nocturne for Violin and Piano: Sunset at Birchview
Paul L. Fine & Priscilla Johnson
13:54 $0.99
7. The Greek Mystique
Paul L. Fine
3:48 $0.99
8. My Angel
Errick Thomas
2:41 $0.99
9. Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano: Saku's Smile
Paul L. Fine, Stefan Koch & Emily Olson
3:33 $0.99
10. Rumination
Paul L. Fine
9:13 $0.99
11. Young Boy
Errick Thomas
3:07 $0.99
12. Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano: Strings
Paul L. Fine, Stefan Koch & Priscilla Johnson
7:15 $0.99
13. The Chasing Music
Paul L. Fine
3:05 $0.99
14. My Life
Errick Thomas
2:24 $0.99
15. Love's Triumphant Journey
Daniel Cronin
7:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
I am proud to present Medical Records, my tenth music CD. For this project, I have had the honor of collaborating with two other pianist-composers who happen to work, as I do, at the University of Michigan Hospital: Errick Thomas and Daniel Cronin. (In fact, Errick often plays for visitors to the Cardiovascular Center on the piano depicted on the cover of the CD.) It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these two talented musicians. Some notes on the individual pieces below are below, with the composer’s initials in parentheses. In each case, the notes were written by the piece’s composer. —
Paul Fine

1. Maximal Love (PF): This composition celebrates the upcoming birth of the first child of our family's next generation, Max Koenig. His mother is my niece, Julia; in tribute to French cuisine, I just referred to it as "Julia's Child" until she and her husband, Alex, decided on a name!
2. Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, No. 1: Welcoming Claire (PF): This is a new arrangement of a piece originally written for solo piano to celebrate the birth of Claire Hertzfeld in 2005. I kept the original piano recording from my first CD (Fine Tuning), beautifully interpreted by Korin Hancherlian-Amos, and added flute and cello sections. These were played wonderfully by Emily Olson and Stefan Koch, respectively.
3. It’s Me (ET): This was my first composition, written in June of 2016. This song means a great deal to me. Sometimes you are unable to express yourself through words, so I titled this piece “It’s me” for that reason.
4. Snow Day (PF): This piece was composed in 2008 and is intended to convey the exuberant celebration that ensues when children learn that school has been cancelled owing to a large snowfall.
5. The Carousel Ride (DC): This piece was written when my son was an infant and it immediately reminded me of a Carousel ride. Now that he is older, he smiles when he hears the piece and often begins dancing through the house with my wife. This piece is dedicated to James – I love you, son.
6. Nocturne for Violin and Piano: Sunset at Birchview (PF): This piece was written in the Spring of 2017 and is dedicated to our friends, Claus and Wenche Borgnakke, whose vacation home has a fantastic view of the sunset over Lake Michigan. It is the longest piece I have composed; structurally, it has four recurrent sections in which a piano bassline arpeggio sequence is repeated; starting with the second iteration, the right hand piano part reproduces each time what the violin played the previous time and a new violin accompaniment is added to it. Priscilla Johnson was kind enough to contribute her violin wizardry.
7. The Greek Mystique (PF): This is a modified version of a piece from my 3rd CD, White Coat Compositions. It was composed to celebrate the birth of Alexander Myers, whose mother is of Greek heritage.
8. My Angel (ET): This song is dedicated to my lovely Mother. It was composed on October 4th 2016, a date that will always be remembered. This was a time my mother went through a very distressing period. In the midst of it all, she still was the Angel and backbone of our family.
9. Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, No. 2: Saku's Smile (PF): This is another update of a piece originally written for solo piano. It was composed to celebrate the birth of my niece, Saku Yoshioka, and played on Fine Tuning by Korin Hancherlian-Amos. Emily Olson and Stefan Koch again contributed their talents for the flute and cello parts that I added earlier this year.
10. Rumination (PF): This is a modified version of a piece that was included originally on Time Signatures. It starts out in d minor in a rather melancholy and contemplative mood, but it ends triumphantly in F Major!
11. Young Boy (ET): With being adopted since birth, life certainly had its challenges. This piece expresses my growth from a “young boy” that made me into the man I am now. It was composed in June of 2016.
12. Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano: Strings (PF): "Strings" was written when I was in college. It was intended to be part of the music soundtrack for the movie adaptation of Liz Maxwell's novel about a violinist who suffers from severe depression. (Unfortunately, the movie has yet to be made, but I have hopes!) It has always bothered me that the original piece included no stringed instruments, so I have added Stefan Koch's cello and Priscilla Johnson's violin to allow me finally, after more than thirty years, to sleep a guiltless sleep.
13. The Chasing Music (PF): The basis for this lively composition is something I used to play for my children when they were small and chasing each other around the main level of our home. I tried to incorporate their (endless) energy into the piece.
14. My Life (ET): One thing you can certainly call your own is your life. This was a piece that I composed this year. This piece is very special to me because it embodies my life story.
15. Love’s Triumphant Journey (DC): Each section of this piece came to me “all of a sudden” after months of non-productivity. One entire section came suddenly into my mind after waking in the middle of the night, and other sections came suddenly into my fingers without any preconception. I️ believe the piece speaks to the powerful and dramatic moments of life and ultimately echoes the triumphs of love. This piece is dedicated with love to my wife, Katie – thank you for your continued selfless support.

We would like to thank some people who helped to make this project (much) better. Eric Wojhan and Josh Wiechmann at Solid Sound recorded and edited the pieces with their usual expertise. Korin Amos, with assistance from Nelson and Chris Amos, helped greatly with the CD design and formatted the text for this booklet.
---Paul, Errick, and Dan; December, 2017
Paul Fine is an internal medicine physician and an associate professor of internal medicine at The University of Michigan Medical School. This is his 10th CD of original compositions. Errick Thomas is a self-taught pianist and composer, who uses his music as “a therapeutic instrument to touch people’s hearts.” Because he has been told by numerous listeners that his music resonates with them, he continues to pursue his career as a pianist. Dan Cronin is a chief medical resident at The University of Michigan. He writes: “I remember first falling in love with music when I heard my grandfather play a few simple pieces on the piano before I was five. I then began piano lessons, and remember being enthralled listening to classical music with my grandfather for hours on end as a boy. Later, I played competitively, primarily focusing on classical music, until my life went down a different path in college. When I returned to playing, after six years, I began to compose, which has proven to be a meaningful manner of expression. I thank God for the joy I find in music, and I hope you enjoy these pieces too. My contributions to this CD are dedicated to my grandfather, Papa, who ignited and fueled my passion for music, and to all my family, friends and teachers who have supported and encouraged me through the years.”



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Kathy Parsons

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"Medical Records" is the tenth album of original compositions from Paul L. Fine, an internal medicine physician and an associate professor at The University of Michigan Medical School as well as an outstanding pianist/composer. For this project, Fine collaborated with Errick Thomas and Daniel Cronin, two pianist/composers who also work at the University of Michigan Hospital. Some of Fine’s pieces first appeared on other albums in a somewhat different form, and it is a delight to revisit them! Of the fifteen pieces included on the album, nine are Fine’s, four are Thomas’, and two are Cronin’s. While their styles are different, there isn’t a dramatic shift from one composer to the next and their individual pieces complement each other beautifully. I have reviewed all of Fine’s albums over the past ten years and I love that his music is impossible to categorize and that he always presents at least a few musical surprises. Some of the music on "Medical Records" is on the classical side, some pieces have a jazz influence and some are just plain fun. Most are solo piano, but a few pieces include flute, violin and/or cello. As always, there are extensive liner notes that explain the origins of each piece written by the composer.

"Medical Records" begins with Fine’s “Maximal Love,” a piano solo composed in honor of the birth of the first child in his family’s “next generation.” Fine often commemorates important events in his friends’ and family’s lives with an original piece of music dedicated to them, and this one is a beauty! “Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, No. 1: Welcoming Claire” is another such piece and first appeared as a piano solo on Fine’s debut album, "Fine Tuning." In this case, the piano was played by Korin Hancherlian-Amos, the flute by Emily Olson, and the cello by Stefan Koch. Warm and graceful with a lovely classical lilt, it would be a peaceful and soothing lullaby for a sleepy baby of any age! “It’s Me” is the first piece Errick Thomas ever composed (2016) and is an expression of how music can sometimes say far more than words - a very promising first piece! “Snow Day” appeared on Fine’s "Doctor’s Notes" and celebrates the excitement many children experience when school is closed due a heavy storm. Daniel Cronin’s “The Carousel Ride” continues the playful spirit with a sweet confection composed when his son was an infant. Fine’s “Nocturne for Violin and Piano: Sunset at Birchview” was inspired by his friends’ vacation home overlooking Lake Michigan. At just under 14 minutes, it’s a major work and Priscilla Johnson’s hypnotic violin helps to bring the peaceful vision to life. “The Greek Mystique” was one of my favorites from Fine’s "White Coat Compositions." This new version has the same buoyant sense of fun and a spicy Greek flavor! Errick Thomas’ “My Angel” is a loving tribute to his mother played with a ton of heart. “Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, No. 2: Saku’s Smile” updates another piano solo from Fine’s first album with additional instrumentation - simply beautiful! “Strings” was composed when Fine was in college and was intended to be part of a film soundtrack about a violinist who suffers with depression. The piece was featured on "Fine Tuning" as a piano solo, but is now “Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano: Strings.” Even more heartfelt and poignant than the original, I really love this one! “The Chasing Music” first appeared on "White Coat Compositions" and was a favorite when I reviewed that album - still is! A lively ragtime piece, it is reminiscent of the music from chase scenes of old silent movies. Fun!!! Thomas’ “My Life” is a more recent composition and is my favorite of his pieces on this album. Daniel Cronin closes the album with his “Love’s Triumphant Journey,” a piece comprised of sections that “arrived” suddenly and celebrate life’s powerful and dramatic moments as well as the triumphs of love - a beautiful ending to an excellent album!

"Medical Records" is another great album from Paul L. Fine and company! Highly recommended!