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Reflections

by Valerie Kerr

Valerie Kerr plays from Bach to Beethoven. Chopin to Peterson. You will also hear original compositions. The piano playing is Energetic and Musical. Please enjoy.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Reverie in E-Flat Major Andante
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2. Song Without Words No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor Andante
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3. Crepuscular in B-Flat Major
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4. Joyful in D Major
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5. Keyboard Italian Concerto in F Minor, BWV 971: Allegro
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6. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”: I. Adagio sostenuto
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7. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53: Introduzione. Molto adagio
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8. Etude in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 12 "Revolutionary" Allegro con fuoco
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9. Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2: Andante
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10. Liebestraum. No. 3 A-Flat Major: Poco allegro
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11. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
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12. Rustle of Spring, B-Flat Minor, Op. 32 No. 3
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13. Georgia on My Mind (Arr. Oscar Peterson)
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14. Maple Leaf Rag
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Some reviews on the Music.

Glorienne wrote
A fantastic afternoon!! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent! What a beautiful way to end the weekend and start a new week!!

Chris wrote
Delightful. The small-group intimacy makes it very special. Val has phenomenal energy and rich musicality. The programme was lovely and the short introductions very edifying. I'm booked for the next one.

Congratulations on your new song, Valerie. I just listened to the song, "Reverie". It's great. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes.

-Sisilia-

I found your Reflections Reverie very peaceful and very much enjoyed the ebb and flow of the sea.

Best Wishes
Bernice van Steenderen

Val’s song, Joyful is a strong melodious composition. The song starts off with passion and this passion flows through the entire song. Each note allows yourself to get lost in the music, sending you on a journey to a place of happiness, a place of safety, a safe haven. Every note echoes deep within your soul, leaving you with a sense of peace and serenity. I found the music fun and light, but yet the composition left a deep impression. The intricate styling’s and nuances of the piece of music is something to admire. When the song ends you are left with wanting more and you are left with a joyful soul. Joyful is a lighthearted song that has a powerful punch, as this song allows you to, for a brief moment, forget about all your burdens. Joyful is a modern, original composition that everyone can enjoy

Lauren Cilliers

"Reverie" is powerful, moving, and precise. A mature piece of melodic piano composition. it rivals some of the great works which dominate the cannons of grand piano repertoires... <3.

Will of Wilmerington

Toy boy Smitty.
Your new arrangement Reverie sounds very good soothing composition you play the piano very well

About the Music:
Baroque music was written by composers between 1685 and 1756.
The music was influenced by the ornate architecture of the time.
Keyboard instruments were limited in that they only had 4 octaves and did not have any sustaining or dynamic qualities.
The composers therefore wrote according to the music they knew namely choirs which used the four voices. Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass.
The music was written in strands of melody using these four voices sometimes repeating one or more of the voices. The accompanying sounds were also interesting and well thought out known as counter subjects. This created equal interest.
The music like all music uses the chordal structure related to the scale or key in which the particular composition was written.

ITALIAN CONCERTO: First movement.
The Italian Concerto that I am playing is by Johann Sebastian Bach. Although he made use of the typical Baroque style in his 48 Prelude and Fugues, he moved beyond that structure therefore laying a foundation for the Classical era which came after.
He became influenced by the Italian Orchestra’s of the time to write this work. The sounds he wanted to achieve were orchestral sounds that applied to instruments in that particular range being dealt with
He used Composing devices such as repetition, sequences, Cadences, Modulation, periods of silence, which were all provided to create interest to the listener and give the composer scope for creation.

MOONLIGHT.

One could think of orchestral instruments.
The octaves in the bass are an accompanying sound to the melody heard in the Soprano. There is an underlying triplet continuo in the alto.
Beethoven wrote this composition with extreme emotion because he was recognising the fact that his deafness was increasing. Notice the dynamics seldom move beyond Moderately soft remaining mainly in the softer range.
After he wrote it, he was known to have said. “If I am able to move one person with this composition, I will have done my job.)

WALDSTEIN:

This introduction to the second movement in the famous Waldstein Sonata op 25.

Beethoven spent many hours in the natural forests in Germany getting inspirations for his compositions. He also had periods of despair because of his increasing deafness.
His emotions come through in this very beautiful and well thought out introduction.
You can hear desperation and hopefulness coming through. He uses chords and key changes to their full potential which adds to the beauty. Beethoven was known to have bridged the sound of both the classical and romantic periods. He kept the structure of the classical era and provided the emotional element which was typical of the Romantic era.

NOCTURNE:

A nocturne implies twilight. A composition of a dreamy character. Chopin was a true romantic He was sensitive and emotional which allowed his music to sing in the true sense of the word with a grand choral accompaniment sounding below the song. The chords and the key change lends interest and enjoyment.

RUSTLE OF SPRING.

The sounds imply the rustling of new leaves opening. Sinding used a complex chordal system to achieve the sounds he intended. The melody sang with hope of a new beginning. He used a dynamic range which added excitement and joy.

ETUDE NO 10
An etude is a study or exercise piece. Many composers wrote etudes which were bland a simply exercises for the fingers, hands and arms. Chopin being who he was wrote his etude with a singing melody. He wrote this melody using large chords and the accompaniment was a continuous use of semiquavers below it. He was trying to develop musical strength and agility.

CLAIR DE LUNE.
Was written by Debussy who lived during the impressionistic era. He was influenced by the French impressionistic artists of the day. Music Impressionism implied a vague yet colourful and musical sound. Clair de lune was an example of beautiful emotional music. Later works became more vague and less easy on the ear.

LIEBESTRAUM NO 3
Was a very famous piece of music written by Franz Liszt. Many a musician played the melody with chords so it was easy to play and easy to listen to.
He was not only a romantic but was a showman of note. It is written in 3 sections you will hear the first idea, followed by key changes and sound in the second idea He then returns to and ends with first idea slightly different to bring it to a close. This was known as Ternary form.

GEORGIA ON MY MIND
Is an example of Oscar Petersons ability to improvise on any piece of music.
Unlike most jazz composers he had studied music so he was able to write down the improvisation that he created. Georgia on my mind by Hoagy Carmichael was an a good example of Oscar Peterson’s ability.

MAPLE LEAF RAG.
By Scott Joplin was a typical piece of Rag time music. He wrote a few pieces in the style of ragtime. He like many composers of that era played without knowing much about the theory side of music.

“SONG WITHOUT WORDS NO 1,” “REVERIE,” “CREPUSCULAR,” and JOYFUL
Are written because of many different influences. You will hear many sounds and improvisations within the music. It was composed so that each listener could create their own story surrounding them

Musical Experiences of Valerie Kerr
Because of certain circumstances Valerie only began to study music in her 30’s although she played the piano by ear from 3 years of age.

When as a child she was asked what she wanted to do when she grew up it was always to be a concert pianist. However she never did much if any work towards achieving her goal. It was only after she was asked to teach music at the age of 30 that she finally decide to study and practice the piano.

As different coincidences began to show up in her life her desire to work at her music intensified. Her yearning to compose music also steadily increased.

Once she had passed her teachers diplomas her time was taken up with teaching in earnest for many years.

It was only after a meeting with John Demartini 3 years ago however that she decided to fulfill her dream as a concert pianist.

She began to put in the many hours of practice a day which is required to reach a suitable standard for performance.

It has been said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.

Although she is in her seventies she is more determined than ever to fulfill her desire to become a master of piano playing in not only Classics but in other Genres that require technical skill as well. To compose music at an advanced level for piano,voice and orchestra is also a passion she is determined to fulfill.

She says that because of John Demartini’s teachings she realises that it is never to late for anyone to achieve their goal in life.. It does require dedication and hard work at first however, once the skill is mastered the work becomes easier and just flows. When this is achieved more and more coincidences begin to show up in our lives.
Gary Player the great golfer said. "The Harder I practice the luckier I get."

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