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"Dream Aria" for Piano and Soprano

Updated: Jul 21, 2019

In the tradition of Villa Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras and the Bach/Siloti Prelude in B Minor, I find myself drawn to the writing of J.S. Bach from time to time. The Baroque treatment of counterpoint serves to remind us of the beauty of formal structures that are designed to enhance the natural beauty of simple harmonic practices in the purest form. With the addition of the voice, the music becomes striking in a delicate yet powerful way.

My "Dream Aria" presents nothing new, only traditional treatment of form and stylistic nuances that audiences have come to enjoy and easily follow over the centuries.The harmonic progressions of the music of J.S. Bach have been used by countless composers throughout the ages yet beauty never grows old as it continually leads to a path that touches the heart of the listener in a universal way. Music that brings hope and dignity to the listener.

The vocal "obligato line" follows the piano in a haunting manner and serves only to be an equal partner as the two performers follow a path that has been followed thousands of times before. The beauty of simplicity which allows the soul a respite from the unexpected twists and turns of our walk through life.

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