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A Miscellany for Solo Piano - Billy Mayerl / Leslie De'Ath

Album Summary

>Mayerl, Billy : Leprechaun's Leap, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : In My Garden
>Mayerl, Billy : Syncopated Rambles (3), for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Postman's Knock, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Insect Oddities, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Beguine Impromptu, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Contrasts (3), for piano, Op. 24
>Mayerl, Billy : Minuet for Pamela, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : April's Fool, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Weeping Willow, idylle for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Antiquary, for piano in A minor (from Piano Exaggerations)
>Mayerl, Billy : Siberian Lament, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : From a Spanish Lattice, a Southern Tone Picture, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : The Big Top, 5 circus sketches for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Forgotten Forest, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Japanese Pictures (3), for piano, Op. 25
>Mayerl, Billy : Song of the Fir Tree, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Jill All Alone, for piano
>Mayerl, Billy : Phil the Fluter's Ball, song arrangement for piano (after W.P. French)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Canadian pianist Leslie De'Ath presents an unmissable and toe-tapping survey of the light-hearted and jazzy piano music of British composer Billy Mayerl. De'Ath's virtuosity and light touch are on display throughout these twenty-four charming selections, all of which demonstrate his affinity with Mayerl's charming music. De'Ath points out in his typically eloquent liner note accompanying the CD, "His music is masterfully crafted and full of imaginative melodic, harmonic and rhythmic detail. But its great strength lies in its utter lack of pretence. This is light music at its finest."

Gramophone Magazine
This is a personal anthology... and it reminds us that Mayerl's music is an essential part of the British piano repertoire and that it's the responsibility of classical pianists to put it across, although few will do it with this kind of infectious enjoyment.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Leslie De'Ath's selection focuses less on the early virtuoso pieces that made Mayerl's name as 'lightning fingers' than on some of the more relaxed lyrical works in the central English tradition of Bridge, Ireland and Scott. This CD offers such gems as the In my Garden set from the late 1940s, which would make ideal teaching pieces, although most of Mayerl's music has been out of print for years. Why? De'Ath has obviously chosen the pieces he likes best rather than representing the sets in which Mayerl chose to publish them. There are now plenty of contenders on CD; De'Ath sees Mayerl, especially in the later pieces, as belonging to the classical tradition. This is a personal anthology, well recorded with good notes from De'Ath, and it reminds us that Mayerl's music is an essential part of the British piano repertoire and that it's the responsibility of classical pianists to put it across, although few will do it with this kind of infectious enjoyment.



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>Mayerl, Billy : Leprechaun's Leap, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Mayerl, Billy : In My Garden :: Summertime, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Mayerl, Billy : In My Garden :: Summertime, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Mayerl, Billy : In My Garden :: Autumntime, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Mayerl, Billy : Syncopated Rambles (3), for piano :: 6am - The Milkman
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Mayerl, Billy : Postman's Knock, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Mayerl, Billy : Insect Oddities, for piano :: Ladybird Lullaby
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Mayerl, Billy : Insect Oddities, for piano :: Praying Mantis
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Mayerl, Billy : Beguine Impromptu, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Mayerl, Billy : Contrasts (3), for piano, Op. 24 :: Pastoral
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Mayerl, Billy : Minuet for Pamela, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Mayerl, Billy : April's Fool, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Mayerl, Billy : Weeping Willow, idylle for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Mayerl, Billy : Antiquary, for piano in A minor (from Piano Exaggerations)
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Mayerl, Billy : Siberian Lament, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Mayerl, Billy : From a Spanish Lattice, a Southern Tone Picture, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Mayerl, Billy : The Big Top, 5 circus sketches for piano :: Clowning
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Mayerl, Billy : The Big Top, 5 circus sketches for piano :: Entrance of the Trick Cyclists
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Mayerl, Billy : The Big Top, 5 circus sketches for piano :: Trapeze
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Mayerl, Billy : Forgotten Forest, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945

>Mayerl, Billy : Japanese Pictures (3), for piano, Op. 25 :: The Cherry Dance
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Mayerl, Billy : Song of the Fir Tree, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Mayerl, Billy : Jill All Alone, for piano
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Mayerl, Billy : Phil the Fluter's Ball, song arrangement for piano (after W.P. French)
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Can (11/24/2007/12/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern