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Morning Whispers

by Tobin Mueller

Virtuoso solo piano full of passion, lyrical impressionism and epic emotion, combining healing New Age, romanticism, and contemporary jazz influences; original compositions.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning Whispers
Tobin James Mueller
3:10 $0.99
2. Just Above the Ground
Tobin James Mueller
5:31 $0.99
3. Between Breaths
Tobin James Mueller
5:09 $0.99
4. Eruption of Previous Life
Tobin James Mueller
3:54 $0.99
5. Cut Flowers
Tobin James Mueller
4:09 $0.99
6. I Sail On
Tobin James Mueller
4:52 $0.99
7. Waltzing Night Into Day
Tobin James Mueller
4:21 $0.99
8. Emerald Path
Tobin James Mueller
6:20 $0.99
9. A Lifetime Ago
Tobin James Mueller
8:35 $0.99
10. Under a Western Sky
Tobin James Mueller
7:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
The music of Tobin James Mueller is lyrical, subtly complex, and draws on a wide range of influences, resulting in a blend of new age, classical and jazz that can only be described as Tobinesque. The romance of Chopin, the fancifulness of Gershwin, the rhythmic play of Brubeck, the harmonic innovations of Debussy, the grandeur of Copland and the grace of Liz Story can all be heard in these technically difficult pieces. From beginning to end, Mueller transcends styles and captures a kind of honesty and range of emotion that is breathtaking.

Morning Whispers is the result of a special commission designed to create a cycle of songs for solo piano dedicated to healing and joyful passion. To be sure, there is an overwhelming feeling of lovingness within these songs, but a strong current of melancholy and, more importantly, exploration and courage help bring to this music a depth that goes beyond the original intent. The end result is poetic and inspirational.

There are moments of innocence and simplicity, moments of cascading key changes and aural wonder, moments of passion and exultation. Many of the songs run 5-8 minutes, epic compositions that move in and out of themes with ease, displaying a brilliant sense of variation and virtuosity. The collection coheres as if it were a single piece.

Mueller is a modern day Renaissance Man, winning awards for playwriting, children's music, web-based art, collaborative cross-genre projects and for his work on global environmental issues (1994 Global 500 UN Roll of Honor). He has written musicals on subjects as wide-ranging as Frankenstein and the Holocaust, a 12-tone ballet incorporating ancient Greek, and symphonies for both orchestra and band. He has been a member of The Dramatists Guild of America (NYC) as a composer, lyricist and playwright since 1996. This is his first collection of music written for solo piano.



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Kathy Parsons

Solo Piano with an edge.
From its title and the peaceful ocean sunset on the CD cover, I expected Tobin Mueller’s CD, “Morning Whispers,” to be very calm and serene. Mueller blends classical, jazz, and new age styles to create a distinctive style all his own. Some of the ten tracks are bold and edgy while others are quieter and more reflective. The album is the result of a special commission to create a cycle of songs for solo piano dedicated to healing and joyful passion. Tobin Mueller brings to his music a wide variety of experiences as an award-winning playwright, author, composer of children’s music, photographer, and collaborator on cross-genre projects, as well as his work on global environmental issues. He has released several CDs, but this is his first solo piano CD and his debut with SiMig Media Records, a label that promotes independent artists who do most of their recording in their home studios.

The CD opens with the title track, a freely-structured piece with a gentle complexity. “Just Above the Ground” has a light, anxious quality that never stops moving. The repetitive left hand creates an energetic rhythm for the right hand to dance around - interesting and engaging. “Between Breaths” also has a kind of nervous energy, but this one has short pauses between the running phrases to catch a breath. Joyful and exhilarating, Mueller is all over the piano with this one. I really like “Eruptions of Previous Life,” which is dark and edgy. The rhythmic left hand keeps returning to the deep bass of the piano with mysterious punctuation while the right hand alternates between chords and running phrases. “Cut Flowers” is much quieter. Not quite melodic in a traditional sense, the piece has a flowing sense of urgency. “I Sail On” combines modern classical with jazz, again bringing an edge to the music that is both purposeful and fun. “Waltzing Night Into Day” has a Baroque feeling to it while staying very contemporary. “A Lifetime Ago” is my favorite track. It begins as a free-form prelude with jazz chords and a Gershwin kind of influence. It explores several themes and then segues into a beautifully haunting theme that becomes more exploratory with the recognizable theme weaving in and out. At more than 8 1/2 minutes, this piece has plenty of room to evolve naturally and leisurely - I love it! “Under A Western Sky” opens as a lively, swirling piece of musical joy. The middle section calms and soothes, and then the opening theme returns is a slightly more subdued form that builds to its original vibrance.

“Morning Whispers” is a fascinating CD on several levels. It is not music that will stay in the background - it needs to be listened to - so if you enjoy original solo piano music with complexity and a bit of a challenge, this is a great CD to sink your musical teeth into.