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by Yael Manor

Premiere recordings of sparkling new classical, solo piano music from the American Composers Alliance. This is the debut album by the gifted young pianist Yael Manor, and her collaboration with seven remarkable composers.
Genre: Classical: Keyboard Music
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1. Honey
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2. Spiritual Fantasy No. 4 for Piano
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3. Toccata for Piano
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4. Code of Unsilence: A Prayer
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5. It Rained! The Ants Ran
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6. Rayuela Preludes: I. Capitulo 1
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7. Rayuela Preludes: II. Capitulo 34
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8. Rayuela Preludes: III. Capitulo 109 Interludio A
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9. Rayuela Preludes: IV. Capitulo 109 Interludio B
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10. Rayuela Preludes: V. Capitulo 7
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11. Variations for Piano
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Album Notes
Avant-garde performer and champion of new music, Yael Manor regularly collaborates with composers both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Her performances present the connections between traditional and contemporary music, ensuring new music becomes accessible to all audiences. A frequent performer of national and world premieres, Yael has been praised for her artistic sensitivity and breathtaking and powerful performances. Her debut release, Elixir, is the first album to be produced by the American Composers Alliance (ACA) - U.S.A. Label. The album brings a myriad of colors and emotions to a collection of solo works from the 20th - 21st centuries.

Composers - Program notes:

Lawrence Dillon (b.1959) / Honey
Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lawrence Dillon creates works that connect past and present in attractive and unexpected ways. His first composition for solo piano in ten years, Honey (2012) is a meditation on the texture, longevity and adaptability of an 8000-year-old source of sweetness. Its four sections flow over and through one another, blending the glittering fluidity of the opening, a stately, reverberant chorus and a brief aria into a final, exuberant dance.

Frederick Tillis (b.1930) / Spiritual Fantasy No. 4 for Piano
As an accomplished jazz musician, Fredrick Tillis expresses himself by infusing European classical music tradition with the spirit of American Black vernacular music. Spiritual Fantasy No. 4 for Piano (1981) draws from various Gospel melodies including Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Jacob’s Ladder, and others. This piece is best described by lending Tillis’s own words on his Spiritual Fantasy for String Quartet: It “pays tribute to the essence of the musical expressions of pathos and triumph over worldly obstacles encountered by a people who found hope and strength through faith in God.”

Karl Kroeger (b.1932) / Toccata for Piano
Born in Louisville KY, Karl Kroeger is nationally known both as a composer and musicologist. Toccata for Piano (2003) originated in a piano accompaniment of a song he wrote in the 1980s, which he expanded and developed. “Unlike most of my compositions, written for specific performers or occasions, this one was written for the sheer joy of composing it.” The Toccata contrasts two musical ideas, one rhythmically nervous and impulsive, the other more sustained and lyrical. The main movement is preceded and followed by a quasi-improvisatory introduction and coda.

Richard Cameron-Wolfe (b. 1943) / Code of Un-Silence: A Prayer
Born in Cleveland, OH and currently residing in New Mexico, composer-pianist Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s music has been performed in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, China, and the United States. Code of Un-silence: A Prayer (2006), is a meditation on the composer’s chamber cantata A Measure of Love and Silence, which embraces the poetry of Tatyana Apraksina. “Partly an epilogue, or an afterthought, it contemplates ‘the presence of an absence’, experienced as a resonant silence.”

JunYi Chow (b. 1987) / It Rained! The Ants Ran...
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, JunYi Chow began studying piano and music theory at the age of 5. He reveals his playful side with the sweet and whimsical It Rained! The Ants Ran…(2013). This piece depicts a colony of ants scurrying in a nervous yet orderly fashion to find higher ground before the rain. The climax, filled with clusters of music that imitate the sound of thunder, is followed by softness, as the listener imagines the ants marching off into the distance.

Reinaldo Moya (b.1984) / Rayuela Preludes (Preludios de Rayuela)
Chapter 1 “¿Encontrarîa a la Maga?” / Chapter 34 / Chapter 109 Interludios a and b / Chapter 7 “Toco tu boca”
Reinaldo Moya is a Venezuelan-American composer whose rhythmically and emotionally charged works depict the multitude of influences present in the Americas today. Preludios de Rayuela (2011) represents a series that comments upon Julio Cortázar’s 1963 novel, Rayuela (Hopscotch). “Ever since I first read Rayuela, I’ve wanted to translate its sprawling, urban-scape into a set of piano pieces. Fragments from the novel became the inspiration for each instrumental prelude. Sometimes the inspiration came by way of a mood, a narrative technique, an image, or any of the possible reactions one can have while reading the novel.

Robert Parris (1924-1999) / Variations for Piano
Robert Parris was known as a composer and music critic. Local to the Washington D.C. area, Parris worked as a music critic for both the Washington Post and Washington Star. Variations for Piano (1953) is one of Parris’s earlier works, presenting a delicate and expressive treatment of melody and harmony. The theme is first presented in unison in the lower register of the piano. The starkness of the opening is tempered by an ever-increasing intensity. The variations flow seamlessly into one another, with each one gathering more momentum and activity. The original theme undergoes several transformations, becoming the subject of a slithery fugato, and progressing to a passionate and climactic ending.

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The original and continuing mission of American Composers Alliance (ACA) is to promote and disseminate music by its composer members of the past and present, and to encourage performances and recordings of their ACA works. After 80 years in service, the ACA catalog includes more than 12,000 works by more than 250 composers, including works from every year since 1905. Read more about the composers and music in this recording at www.composers.com.

Producers: Gina Genova, Yael Manor
Recording & Sound Engineer: Ryan Streber
Editing & Mastering: Oktaven Audio
Art Direction: Dana Zahavi
Photography: Adi Ashkenazi
Images Venue Courtesy of Cantabile Piano Arts
© ℗ 2015 American Composers Alliance-USA
PO Box 1108, New York, NY 10040



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