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Pianist Laura Leon

ERIC EWAZEN: Poor Man's Umbrella from A Suite from the Cloud Forest

A Suite from the Cloud Forest was composed in the fall of 1990 and premiered at Juilliard that year by pianist Eleanor Nelson. The Suite is a luxuriously programmatic depiction of four flora and fauna images found exclusively in the cloud forests of Central America.

Ewazen's music has been described in The New Music Connoisseur as " a sumptuous palette of colors, harmonies and melodic lines." Heard here is the breezy and harmonically rich third movement, "Poor Man's Umbrella," an exotic plant with large floppy leaves--whose botanical name is Gunnera Insignis.

From: American Images from the Piano: Neo-Classic to Nature 1946-2008. Recorded live by Joseph Patrych, Yamaha Piano Salon, April 13, 2008.