||Title: A Southern Prelude
An advanced work for solo piano, A Southern Prelude was commissioned by pianist Nicholas Phillips with funds from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation and Academic Affairs Division. It is featured on Phillips’ album American Vernacular.
A Southern Prelude asks: What does it mean to be “Southern”? Does the term refer to a specific region and how the land shapes our world-view and how the world views us? Or does it refer to the people and our social norms, and how we react to events in our lives? Personally, I would like to think that being “Southern” means that you have to be a good storyteller. Not that it has to be a good story, mind you, but you have to be able to tell the tale well. Whether it’s a long and winding account of some dark family-lore, or just a juicy piece of gossip, in my experience, all good stories have one thing in common, they digress. Digressions provide for a wonderfully intricate narrative, one that is interwoven with various threads that establish complex associations, no matter how tenuous and distant, and make the story oh-so more interesting to a careful listener. An advanced work for solo piano, A Southern Prelude was commissioned by pianist Nicholas Phillips and featured on his album American Vernacular.
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