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Matthew Quayle: Songs Without Words, sets 1 & 2; Antiques; Toccata; Winter Ballad; Two Wedding Pieces (composed 2002-13) / Matthew Quayle, piano

Album Summary

>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Antiques, for piano
>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Toccata, for piano
>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : A Song About Time, for piano
>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Winter Ballad, for piano
>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Songs Without Words, for piano Set no 1
>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Songs Without Words, for piano Set no 2
>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Wedding Pieces (2), for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Matthew Quayle's varied and eclectic compositional output ranges from concert orchestral works to cabaret songs. His music has been performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Avalon String Quartet, Arditti String Quartet and eighth blackbird, among many other distinguished new music ensembles. Quayle is on the faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He is a graduate of Oberlin, the University of Cincinnati and the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science. The 21 short pieces in this collection were written in a span of just over a decade, from 2002 to 2013. Together they amount to an homage to the joys of the piano miniature: the type of unassuming little piece that one can play through countless times, until it feels like an old friend.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Matthew Quayle puts his formidable skills as a pianist to work in his collection of solo piano compositions titled Songs Without Words. His effort is impressive. His harmonies are almost entirely tonal. Thematic development is nuanced and tasteful. This is fine in short stretches and on first hearing. I can't imagine coming back to this.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchas (06/11/2013-06/12/2013).



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>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Antiques, for piano
  • Performer: Mattew Quayle (Piano)
  • Notes: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Suny, Purchase, New York (06/11/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Toccata, for piano
  • Performer: Mattew Quayle (Piano)
  • Notes: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Suny, Purchase, New York (06/11/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : A Song About Time, for piano
  • Performer: Mattew Quayle (Piano)
  • Notes: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Suny, Purchase, New York (06/11/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Winter Ballad, for piano
  • Performer: Mattew Quayle (Piano)
  • Notes: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Suny, Purchase, New York (06/11/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Songs Without Words, for piano Set no 1
  • Performer: Mattew Quayle (Piano)
  • Notes: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Suny, Purchase, New York (06/11/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Songs Without Words, for piano Set no 2
  • Performer: Mattew Quayle (Piano)
  • Notes: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Suny, Purchase, New York (06/11/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Quayle, Mattew [piano] : Wedding Pieces (2), for piano
  • Performer: Mattew Quayle (Piano)
  • Notes: The Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Suny, Purchase, New York (06/11/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002-2003