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by Timothy Crane

Piano-driven instrumental pop, with beautiful orchestration to add to your life's soundtrack.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Will I Be?
2:09 $0.99
2. Awaken the Dawn
1:52 $0.99
3. Clear Creek
2:54 $0.99
4. Hopefaith
2:39 $0.99
5. The Doll Tree
3:15 $0.99
6. Untouched
1:47 $0.99
7. Disappearing Moon
1:52 $0.99
8. Red Line
2:55 $0.99
9. Soli Deo Gloria
5:03 $0.99
10. Hide and Seek
2:24 $0.99
11. Archetype
3:16 $0.99
12. Stratford Road
3:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Timothy Crane is a piano player, a composer of instrumental piano pieces, and an independent producer of albums designed to bring his music to the world. He surrounds himself with music every waking hour (and occasionally when he sleeps) and firmly believes that the world would be a better place if we all had individual soundtracks playing as we went about our days. To him, the refrigerator door should open with either an ominous low cello or lilting flutes depending on the quality of the food inside.

Tim grew up as a rock and roll piano player, and if you listen hard enough you can sometimes hear him beat on the instrument – a throwback to his days playing in groups that couldn’t afford drummers. His move in 2004 to center stage as a solo pianist and composer is the culmination of years playing in bands, jamming with friends, and practicing in various garages and basements.

According to Tim, a perfect instrumental piano album is like a great pop album of the 70s or 80s – with some pieces that move you to tears, and others that make you want to drive your car on two wheels, Bond style. His brand of music is “instrumental pop,” which blends influences from various musical styles to create individual melodies that are distinctive and memorable, linked by a playing style that compels people to pay close attention to his hands.

He epitomizes the life of the independent musician, creating his music with three other independent musicians in anywhere from one to three basements per CD. Despite this necessarily humble approach to music, his first album, The Other Life I Dream, peaked at number three on the Zone Music Reporter in 2005, and Tim was subsequently nominated for Best New Artist. His second album, Dragonfly, reached number two on the ZMR, and the CD was nominated for Best Neo Classical Album.

With his third album, Pianoforte, Tim moves his piano playing to center stage with twelve new original compositions, lightly orchestrated by Tim and his co-producer, Jason Rowsell. “Since I don’t travel around with an orchestra, this album probably sounds a little more like my shows,” he said. “I also wanted to put a few of the faster pieces on this album that I consistently play in concert – pieces like Awaken the Dawn and Red Line always get people going, but they weren’t on any album that I could point to.”



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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Timothy Crane’s third album is a nice collection of classy piano tunes that provide a pleasant listening experience.

While Crane is an accomplished and versatile performer, he has chosen to make his elegant compositions the focus of this record. The melodies and chord progressions are graceful and tasteful, brought to vivid life by Crane’s masterful piano technique, as well as his synthesized orchestration and some accompaniment by Rick Henley on acoustic guitar. At times, both Crane’s compositions and performances remind me a little bit of Bruce Hornsby.

This is a fine CD that is a delight to listen to from beginning to end.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Tim’s music is something he characterizes as “instrumental pop,” which reflects influences from new age, rock, popular, and even classical music. Right from the opening track, a blend of distinctive melody and impressive technique is evident. Although the track, entitled “What Will I Be,” is barely over 2 minutes long, it feels like a complete composition and exhibits a surprising dynamic range in its brief lifespan. In fact, all but one song out of twelve are under 3:15 in length. This brings the total time of the CD to around 33 minutes – relatively short for a CD, but like a buffet of extremely rich food, small portions are just right. By the end you certainly feel like you’ve had a very full listening experience, given the intricacy and diversity of Tim’s music. Although the piano is the centerpiece of the album, lush orchestration tastefully compliments the compositions. Synthesizers and samplers add the sound of strings and woodwinds, while the acoustic guitar of Rick Henley provides accompaniment on some songs.

Neo-classical and rock influences combine on “Awaken The Dawn,” in a virtuoso high velocity piece that brought to mind the keyboard wizardry of progressive rockers like Rick Wakeman of Yes, and Keith Emerson from Emerson Lake and Palmer. A nice contrast to this style is a tune called “Hopefaith,” which showcases the more gentle side of Tim’s playing, yet also exhibits his dynamic range within the boundaries of a song. I was impressed with Tim’s abilities as a composer and arranger, as well as with how much detail and complexity he was able to imbue in some of his relatively compact compositions. A song entitled “Hide And Seek” is built on a simple descending motif, providing a platform for lavish orchestration to add to the cinematic air. I appreciated that Tim chose to end the album with one of his most sensitive compositions, “Stratford Road.” This was the perfect one to provide closure after a CD’s worth of intricate, and often intense piano virtuosity. This piece had a pleasant pastoral quality that I found emotionally evocative. In general, the music on this album lends itself more to active listening, than background ambience. Timothy Crane has crafted a spirited mélange of diverse ingredients and influences in the music of Pianoforte.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
The moments of the day are passing very quickly
But all of them together form the life
This music is very bright. It has an inner power and optimism which stir the soul from the first moments. Sometimes quick, sometimes slow it flows as moments of your life with its joys and sorrows pass before your eyes. And you can see all your life in perspective.
The piano music of Timothy Crane full of dramatic effect as it is a soundtrack to exciting movie. Exquisite orchestrations are beautifully added to the inspiring music of the artist.
All these features of Timothy Crane's music are important. But maybe the most significant feature of his music is the composer is always in the moment, he creates in the present time and he is completely immersed in his music.

I can compare the music of “Pianoforte” with a colorful butterfly which flutters from one beautiful flower to another.
When the music ends one wants to exclaim: “Why this happened so fast!” because “Pianoforte” belongs to that sort of music which you undoubtedly want to listen to time and again.
The music of the newest album of Timothy Crane dies down but its charm remains with you.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Pianoforte" is Timothy Crane’s third release, following "Dragonfly" (2010) and "The Other Life I Dream" (2004). A lifelong musician who started out in a rock band, Crane calls his music “instrumental pop” and enjoys including an assortment of musical styles in each collection. This group of twelve original pieces features the piano front and center and includes acoustic guitar by RIck Henley and orchestration created by Crane and Jason Rowsell. Like his previous albums, "Pianoforte" was produced on a shoestring budget by independent musicians “who simply want to create and play music - even if it means recording on the weekends in a basement.” Thanks to technology and Crane’s experience, this does NOT sound like music recorded in a basement or garage. Styles range from quiet and reflective to more upbeat and energetic, making this a really good album for driving, working, or just kicking back and getting lost in.

"Pianoforte" begins with “What Will I Be?,” a piece that begins quietly with oboe and piano, suggesting a daydream - perhaps a young child staring out a window, lost in thought. As it evolves, the piece becomes fuller and more orchestrated, sounding more like a film soundtrack. “Awaken the Dawn” is quite different with an effervescent piano flourish for starters and a big, powerful orchestra keeping the piece dancing and spinning throughout. “Clear Creek” goes in yet another direction with piano and acoustic guitar (with background orchestration) painting a scene of peaceful respite and reflection. “Untouched” reminds me of the wonder of discovering places that have been “untouched” by civilization - wilderness areas, mountain vistas, remote beaches, etc. Piano, oboe, and orchestra give this piece a range from playful to awe-inspiring. “Disappearing Moon” includes a bold piano part, mandolin (I think!), and full orchestra. The strummed instrument gives the piece a mysterious touch that I really like. “Red Line” is a piece Crane often plays in concert but that had not yet been recorded. One of the faster and bigger pieces, I would imagine that this is a real crowd pleaser live! “Soli Dio Gloria” is by far the longest track at just over five minutes, and feels emotional and personal, like telling about very moving chapter from ones life or giving heartfelt advice to someone close who is hurting - my favorite on this album. “Archetype” is very cinematic and visual with a big sweep and an infectious energy. I really like this one, too! “Stratford Road” brings the album to a peaceful and dreamy close with a piece that evokes nostalgia and longing - also a beauty!

Even though this CD is relatively short at 33 minutes, these pieces are all full and complete. Anything more could spoil the mood. Recommended!