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Badinage: The Piano Music of Mana-Zucca / Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano

Album Summary

>Zucca, Mana : Prelude for piano, Op. 73
>Zucca, Mana : Valse Brillante, for piano, Op. 20
>Zucca, Mana : Fugato Humoresque on the Theme "Dixie"
>Zucca, Mana : Wistaria, for piano, Op. 38/1
>Zucca, Mana : The Zouaves' Drill, for piano, Op. 68
>Zucca, Mana : Southland Zephyrs, for piano, Op. 72/1
>Zucca, Mana : Bolero de Concert, for piano, Op. 72/2
>Zucca, Mana : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 27
>Zucca, Mana : Poème, for piano, Op. 37
>Zucca, Mana : Resignation, for piano, Op. 183/9
>Zucca, Mana : Memories, for piano, Op. 186/28
>Zucca, Mana : Nostalgia, for piano, Op. 187/30
>Zucca, Mana : Scherzando for piano, Op. 266
>Zucca, Mana : La Poverina, for piano, Op. 272
>Zucca, Mana : Polka Comique, for piano, Op. 275
>Zucca, Mana : Badinage, for piano, Op. 288
>Zucca, Mana : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 280
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Professor Emerita of Music at Slippery Rock University has long been involved with the work of women composers. With this recording, she performs the music of the legendary Mana-Zucca in the first recording devoted to her music. Born in 1885, Gussie Zuccamanov (Zuckermann) had nearly a century long career as a child prodigy pianist, musical comedy star, prolific composer, and patron of the arts. She reinvented herself via her multiple talents as the winds of change and tides of time dictated. Even her name is an invention -- switching the syllables of her last name to create the artful, but gender mysterious Mana-Zucca. The piano pieces on this disc, written at various periods in the composer's life (from youth to age 90), represent excellent craftsmanship in the handling of small and large forms, and contain lush, chromatic harmonies. Because of her prolific output, vivacious personality, ingratiating melodies, and her impact on her life and times, Mana-Zucca was often called the "Chaminade of America." Like Chaminade and other women musicians, however, her importance to the musical world during her lifetime has been somewhat eclipsed. Recordings such as this one offer the opportunity to reassess her remarkable achievements.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Ar (08/01/2013-08/03/2013).



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>Zucca, Mana : Prelude for piano, Op. 73
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Valse Brillante, for piano, Op. 20
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Fugato Humoresque on the Theme "Dixie"
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Wistaria, for piano, Op. 38/1
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : The Zouaves' Drill, for piano, Op. 68
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Southland Zephyrs, for piano, Op. 72/1
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Bolero de Concert, for piano, Op. 72/2
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 27
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Zucca, Mana : Poème, for piano, Op. 37
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Resignation, for piano, Op. 183/9
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Memories, for piano, Op. 186/28
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Nostalgia, for piano, Op. 187/30
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : Scherzando for piano, Op. 266
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zucca, Mana : La Poverina, for piano, Op. 272
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Zucca, Mana : Polka Comique, for piano, Op. 275
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Zucca, Mana : Badinage, for piano, Op. 288
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Zucca, Mana : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 280
  • Performer: Nanette Solomon (Piano)
  • Notes: Carol Reichgut Concert Hall at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (08/01/2013-08/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968