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Valentine for Piano


By Fred Hersch

2001. Composed by Fred Hersch. Piano (Solo). Modern. Sheet Music. Composed 2001. Duration 00:02:30. Edition Peters #EP68328. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP68328).

Item Number: PE.EP68328

ISBN 9790300757636.

'Valentine' was composed on Valentine's Day in 2001 at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. At the time, I was writing jazz tunes with the aid of a kitchen timer, and this was completed in sketch form in about 20 minutes. I then fashioned a lead sheet and began playing the piece in concerts, usually as an encore. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition in 2008. As I performed the piece, my interpretations became more consistent - even though there is a free improvisatory introduction and improvisation after the melody and before the recapitulation (both of them written out here in abbreviated form). I have had many requests from non-improvising pianists for a piano arrangement, so I created this arrangement in 2010.

This piece is to be played in a relaxed, leisurely manner with great affection and warmth. - Fred Hersch

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  • April 30, 2012 Beautiful music

    This composition by Fred Hersch is so beautiful that once I heard his live performance of it, I knew I have to get my hands on it! You won't regret the purchase~

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