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)”Nicholas Phillips – Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireSee and hear the preludes HERE!