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Roy Harris: Complete Piano Music

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>Harris, Roy : Piano Sonata, Op. 1
>Harris, Roy : Little Suite for piano
>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 1
>     1. Streets of Laredo
>     2. Wayfaring Stranger
>     3. The Bird
>     4. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
>     5. Cod Liver Ile
>Harris, Roy : Piano Suite in 3 movements
>Harris, Roy : Toccata for piano
>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 2
>     1. Li'l Boy Named David
>     2. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
>Harris, Roy : True Love Don't Weep, variations for piano
>Harris, Roy : (untitled), for piano
>Harris, Roy : Scherzo, for piano (original version of 3rd movement of Piano Sonata)
>Harris, Roy : A Happy Piece for Shirley, for piano
>Harris, Roy : Orchestrations, for piano

Album Summary

>Harris, Roy : Piano Sonata, Op. 1
>Harris, Roy : Little Suite for piano
>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 1
>Harris, Roy : Piano Suite in 3 movements
>Harris, Roy : Toccata for piano
>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 2
>Harris, Roy : True Love Don't Weep, variations for piano
>Harris, Roy : (untitled), for piano
>Harris, Roy : Scherzo, for piano (original version of 3rd movement of Piano Sonata)
>Harris, Roy : A Happy Piece for Shirley, for piano
>Harris, Roy : Orchestrations, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Many of Roy Harris' piano pieces were inspired by his wife, the pianist Johana Harris, and demonstrate his wide-ranging musical influences, from Medieval chant and Baroque counterpoint to 20th-century French composers (he studied with Nadia Boulanger) and American and Irish folk music. His love of polytonal sonorities, spacious virtuosity, rhapsodic improvisational passages and intimate moods - a heady brew of diverse ingredients! - gives his piano music a fascinating quality, as if one were experiencing spontaneously evolving soundscapes teeming with vitality. Harris' Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (NXS 8559227), 5 & 6 (NXS 8559609) and 7 & 9 (NXS 8559050) are also available.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009).



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>Harris, Roy : Piano Sonata, Op. 1
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Harris, Roy : Little Suite for piano
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 1 :: 1. Streets of Laredo
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1945

>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 1 :: 2. Wayfaring Stranger
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1945

>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 1 :: 3. The Bird
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1945

>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 1 :: 4. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1945

>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 1 :: 5. Cod Liver Ile
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1945

>Harris, Roy : Piano Suite in 3 movements
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1942

>Harris, Roy : Toccata for piano
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 2 :: 1. Li'l Boy Named David
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1945

>Harris, Roy : American Ballads, Set 2 :: 2. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1945

>Harris, Roy : True Love Don't Weep, variations for piano
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Harris, Roy : (untitled), for piano
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Harris, Roy : Scherzo, for piano (original version of 3rd movement of Piano Sonata)
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Harris, Roy : A Happy Piece for Shirley, for piano
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Harris, Roy : Orchestrations, for piano
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, New York, USA (06/11/2009-06/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972