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A Spark of Inspiration

by Rachel Lowrance

Beautiful sweeping piano music to soothe your soul. This CD holds well-known Classical piano works sprinkled in with original pieces by Rachel Lowrance.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. New Horizons
Rachel Lowrance
2:59 $0.99
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2. Nocturne in B-Flat Minor Op. 9, No. 1
Rachel Lowrance
5:18 $0.99
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3. Carried By the Current
Rachel Lowrance
2:15 $0.99
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4. Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19
Rachel Lowrance
6:43 $0.99
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5. My Prayer
Rachel Lowrance
3:28 $0.99
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6. Nocturne in E-Flat Minor Op. 33, No. 1
Rachel Lowrance
7:15 $0.99
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7. On a Winter Wind
Rachel Lowrance, Rebekah Andrews, Michelle Frazer & Gloria Shaw Ojeda
2:07 $0.99
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8. Nocturne (My Triumph)
Rachel Lowrance
2:40 $0.99
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9. Jeux d'eau, M. 30
Rachel Lowrance
6:38 $0.99
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10. 6 Pieces for Piano: III. Notturno
Rachel Lowrance
5:31 $0.99
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11. Préludes Book 1, L. 117: X. La Cathédrale engloutie
Rachel Lowrance
5:35 $0.99
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12. A Spark of Inspiration
Rachel Lowrance, Rebekah Andrews, Michelle Frazer, Carolyn Gorog & Matthew Pack
2:48 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I am a classical pianist who loves to just sit down and doodle at the piano. This CD, A Spark of Inspiration, is a culmination of my college years. It includes the best from the classical pieces I have studied as well as my own compositions. Each one started with a small spark, which took a lot of perseverance, creativity, and even struggle to catch fire and turn into a flame big enough to spread light. The pieces I composed each had their own story – some igniting in a quick flash, some surviving for many years as smoldering embers until a new, fresh spark of inspiration kindled them into full light. The Classical compositions also contained sparks that only awoke when I poured my heart and soul into them.

The CD opens with New Horizons, a piece I composed the summer before I went away to college. It expresses both my worry about the unknown and my determination to continue pushing forward to the horizon.

Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor Op. 9, No. 1 is one of my favorites, with its haunting opening melody that floats and flourishes with each repeat. This recording is from my senior recital (along with Faure’s and Respighi’s Nocturnes and Ravel’s Jeux D’eau).

Carried By the Current unfolds in a relentless stream until it finally comes to rest in a quiet pool.

Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte, or Pavane for a Dead Princess, is my favorite Classical piece I played my sophomore year of college. Its lush harmonies and gorgeous, fairy-like melodies remind me of a little girl dancing.

I wrote My Prayer in June of 2010, the day before I was in a life-threatening car accident. My prayer is that this song would remind us to use our fleeting lives for God, because nothing else is worth it.

Fauré’s Nocturne Op. 33, No. 1 in E-Flat Minor is a long, drawn-out nocturne with many different themes (I hear bells, pirates, angelic singing…). What dramatic story do you hear in this piece?

On a Winter Wind was born out of the book “The Goose Girl” by Shannon Hale. It speaks of the loneliness of a forgotten soul swirling on an icy winter’s wind.

I composed Nocturne (My Triumph) as an encore for my senior recital. It was first inspired by a good friend going through a long, difficult trial. Even though the road was long, I knew that ultimately she (and I) would triumph in the end.

Next comes Jeux D’eau (Play of Water) by Ravel. This piece gushes in rippling cascades of water. It is the most technically challenging piece I have played to date!

Respighi’s Notturno reminds me of a morning after a rain. The melody soars and sparkles like a dazzling sunray over gently undulating waves.

La Cathédrale Engloutie or The Sunken Cathedral by Debussy follows the story of a Cathedral that was cursed to sink under the ocean, only to rise when it had paid its penance. In the song, the Cathedral gradually rises out of the water – only to sink back down again because its sins had not yet been atoned for.

I wrote A Spark of Inspiration my freshman year of college. This piece has the unique instrumentation of: flute, clarinet, violin, glockenspiel, and marimba. It speaks of the incredible fairytale beauty and joy we can discover in the world, if only we let our imagination follow its spark.

I hope you enjoy each new facet of this varied CD.

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Jslow

Beautiful and inspiring music!
Your beautiful music is soothing to the soul and inspiring to the mind. Thank-you for sharing all of these songs and your creativity with us!
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