Book of Preludes receives another 5-star Review!

June 2014: Assistant Professor of Music, Nicholas Phillips, gives praise to the “Book of Preludes: 1-15 for Piano”!

“This book of preludes by Barry Michael Wehrli is a wonderful collection of miniatures that explore a lot of different musical styles and sound worlds. As I read through each one I was struck by the often “stream-of consciousness” approach. Sometimes phrases fit neatly into nice, neat, square structures that our ears expect. Just as often, though, the composer takes you in a different direction altogether. As I looked back at the introductory notes, this made sense, since the composer stated he was “determined only to write freely and expressively, adhering to no particular styles, rules, or conventions.

“Neo-Romantic” certainly is an appropriate general descriptor. The music is tonal, but full of unexpected colors and harmonic shifts. Pieces are by turns lyrical, meditative, and evocative. Throughout, I find the pieces have a rather cinematic quality. A very enjoyable set of works that would make a nice addition to any pianist or piano teacher’s library! (Level: Late Intermediate-Advanced)”

Assistant Professor of Music, Nicholas Phillips, gives praise to the Book of Preludes 1-15 for Piano!
Nicholas Phillips – Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

See and hear the preludes HERE!