Meditations Volume 1: solo piano for anxious learners

from Nicholas Chase

Sheet Music + Digital Album

A performer sitting at the piano keys is presented with an excellent opportunity for sonic meditation. We hear the instrument very differently than the audience. We get the experience of waiting long minutes for the piano sound-board to stop vibrating with the sound of a single note. The concept of playing music as a meditation is not new. The Zen practice of Honkyoku comes to mind.

This is a collection of 7 original works for solo piano and 5 miniatures that are easy enough for beginning to intermediate learners or players. The tempos are variable, flexible, the notation varies from free to precise. These are piano pieces I've played myself, including the first transcription of one of the improvisations I performed live on IGTV during the first months of the 2020 Pandemic.

The book includes 25 pages of music professionally printed on beautiful, heavy-weight, ecru paper, saddle-stitched with a glossy cover. Inside is an introduction explaining how the pieces were written and insight on how to approach them.

Piano for Secret Radio (as heard on "Blue Sky Over Buchenwald")
Bone Totem Dog
Saida (as heard on the free download, "Saida")
Broken Lullaby (as heard on IGTV in 2020)
August 1st: Cherry Blossoms Everywhere (As heard on IGTV 2020)
5 Miniatures
Zuowang (Sitting, Forgetting)

A digital download of "Saida" is included free with purchase.

**This volume is for personal and study-use only. Purchase does not qualify for license of public performance, not exclusive of ticketed events. For performance scores please contact me directly.

Includes unlimited streaming of Saida via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Nicholas Chase

Nicholas Chase blasts the boundaries of genre. The LA Times describes his music as "The Rite of Spring meets Metallica!" and his whiplash-blend of musical styles has been showcased by Kalvos & Damien and Other Minds radio, featured on KMHT Television in New York, on Salve Television, Germany and has been noted by Strad and Double Bassist magazines, and American Record Guide to name a few. ... more

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