Thursday, June 6, 2019
Leo Kraft: Music for a Day (1982)
Composed by Leo Kraft in 1982 with the young intermediate pianist in mind, Music for a Day is an enchanting group of 8 very short, captivating solo piano pieces-more in the guise of short stories-gently imprinted with some of Leo's celebrated signature sonorities, unexpected and delightful harmonic and motivic twists and turns, alongside heartfelt sensitivity and humor.
Titles include “Good Morning," a true musical inflection of the greeting; waltzing “Raindrops” based exclusively on the interval of the second, as if atop an umbrella; the swirl of “Afternoon Breeze.” “In Evening” invokes the aura of Copland’s ‘American sound’ and “Distant Bells” is a subtle nod to Debussy’s “La Cathedrale Engloutie."
I had the privilege of premiering Music for a Day at the Composer's Voice September 28, 2014 concert in NYC. This recording was recorded and produced by Adam Abeshouse. Music for a Day is published by Subito Music.
Leo Kraft invites pianist and listener to an engaging collection of piano works. And these are, without question, a wonderful contribution to the contemporary solo piano repertoire for all pianists.