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The Enchanted Garden (preludes, Book 2)

By Richard Danielpour

Solo piano
Composed by Richard Danielpour (1956-). Chamber Music. Duration 30 minutes. Published by Bill Holab Music (B9.334).

Item Number: B9.334

For solo piano
duration: 30'
in seven movements:

1. Persepolis
2. Surrounded by Idiots
3. Elegy
4. Lean Kat Stride
5. A Community of Silence
6. There's a Ghost in My Room!
7. Winter Solstice

The Enchanted Garden (Book 2) was commissioned by International Performing Artists, LLC in honor of the pianist Xiayin Wang

The Enchanted Garden (books 1 and 2) has been recorded on Naxos No. 8.559669, Xiayin Wang, pianist.

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  • July 24, 2012 More Enchantments from Richard Danielpour

    Like most contemporary composers, Richard Danielpour hasn't provided an extensive body of works for solo piano -- but he did make a mark with five pieces for piano in the early '90's, which he entitled "Enchanted Garden". These were IMO quite successful character pieces employing a sophisticated and individuated...

    extended tonal language. He has now provided us with a second set of pieces. In general, Danielpour's language was fully formed in the first set, and he does not give me anything strikingly new, but there are several very fine pieces. The "Elegy" is IMO the best -- simple, straightforward, plaintive, very moving! "Persepolis" is a very effective opening prelude. Of the more virtuosic efforts, the "Lean Kat Stride" is very reminiscent of his "Mardi Gras" in his first set, and somewhat less difficult (though not easy!). Lots of musical rewards here, although I think that "Night", from the first set, is still his best effort. Definitely recommended!

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