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Burger, Cole (Piano) / Beyond the Traveler: Piano Music by Composers From Arkansas
Album:Beyond the Traveler: Piano Music by Composers From Arkansas Collection:Classical
Artist:Burger, Cole (Piano) Added:10/2021
Label:Msr Classics, 

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Add Date:2022-03-14 Pull Date:2022-05-16 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:3 Apr
Airplays:1

 Recent Airplay
1.May 21, 2022:Music Casserole
John Hilliard. 2 Preludes, 3 Fugues and a Postlude. I. Prelude on F (6:13)
2.Apr 02, 2022:Music Casserole
Florence Price. Sonata in E Minor I. Andante – Allegro (11:47)

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2021-10-30 
[Coll] Beyond the Traveler. Piano Music by Composers from Arkansas (Cole Burger, piano).
Label: MSR Classics, 2019
Reviewed: 2021-10-30. Larry Koran

Cole Burger, piano, recorded this tribute to his fellow Arkansans. He’s performed in prestigious U.S. venues, won prizes at 2nd tier piano competitions, and teaches at Bowling Green University in Ohio. Only the music of Florence Price has been somewhat known; she was the first African-American woman to have her music performed by the Chicago Symphony, in 1933.

Hilliard teaches at James Madison University. He composed his set after analyzing all the fugues of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II. The preludes differ greatly from the fugues, as is the case for the first prelude and fugue in Bach’s Book I. The Prelude on F evokes a dark day in a rural house near railroad tracks; the Fugue a sunnier day, but fugal elements are not obvious: the Prelude on G is a parody of Happy Birthday to You; the Fugue on B-flat a question posed and repeated in fugal form, mildly dissonant; the Fugue on C is slow, contemplative, dissonant; the Postlude evokes light shimmering through broken colored glass shards.

Price’s Sonata is in classical style of the Romantic period and quite listenable. It’s three movements are: I. Russian, assertive; sunny middle; returning to Russian assertiveness; II. Spiritual folksongs influence the lyricalness, building to mildly melancholy drama; III. Tchaikovsky in a playful mood, strutting his stuff before breaking into joyous song, and then into dance.

Nancarrow’s Tango? is rhythmically complex with multiple superimposed time signatures, but is a humorous listen: staccato, rhythmically impetuous notes drop from above and rise from below, before chordal treatments take up the melodic drops in multiple superimposed tango rhythms.

Bryant’s Redline was inspired by his travels to The Juilliard School on NYC’s Redline rail line.

Track Listing
1.John Hilliard. 2 Preludes, 3 Fugues and a Postlude. I. Prelude on F (6:13) 6.VI. Postlude on A (7:45)
2.II. Fugue on A-Flat (5:21) 7.Florence Price. Sonata in E Minor I. Andante – Allegro (11:47)
3.III. Prelude on G (0:31) 8.II. Andante (5:44).
4.IV. Fugue on B-Flat (2:09) 9.III. Scherzo (Allegro) (8:15).
5.V. Fugue on C (3:26) 10.Conlon Nancarrow. Tango? (2:39).
 11.Steven Bryant. Redline (8:02).