The Book of Preludes CD introduces piano music composed and performed by company founder, Barry Michael Wehrli. (Print music available HERE.)
- 15 evocative preludes blend classical, impressionism, jazz, new age, and more in a neo-romantic setting.
- Included text outlines the history and development of the preludes.
- CDs personally autographed by the composer, if requested.
- Photographs from the composer’s life.
- Stereo audio, 57:00 total running time.
- Download all or selected preludes at these sites:
“I appreciate Barry Wehrli’s mixture of classical and pop idioms in his Book of Preludes. They are expressive and moody, sure to resonate both with hormonal teens (not me) and senior-citizen pianists (me). (OK, I really belong to both groups, at least spiritually.) We’ve all had days as musically depicted in the sad-passsionate-then resigned Prelude No. 10 and the pensive-then proclamatory Prelude No. 11. Pianists may be inspired to come up with their own preludes after reading through this rich treasure trove.”
John C. Salmon – Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music
“This book of preludes cd by Barry Michael Wehrli is a wonderful collection of miniatures that explore a lot of different musical styles and sound worlds. 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)”
Nicholas Phillips – Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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