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Pno Music from the Summer of 2001 PT. 1-Pno Suite
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 634479299483
  • Item #: SRD929948
  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
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Pno Music from the Summer of 2001 PT. 1-Pno Suite on CD

For the past 50 years, since 1954, I have been the weekend watchman at the Art Students League of New York. Until this year, the League was always closed Saturdays and Sundays during the Summers which gave me a good chance to do my music with few distractions, outside of my regular work. For the Summer of 2001 I bought a better keyboard to use at The League, because my friend Paul Sorel, who works in the League library, had agreed to come in and play music for me on Sundays. Paul was trained for many years as a concert pianist, although he never pursued it. The experience of hearing him play and seeing how his fingers controlled the keyboard was extremely valuable for me. Every Sunday at precisely Three in the afternoon. Paul would show up at the gate, and I would let him in. Even then he had trouble walking, because of his age and his angina, but his playing was as vigorous as ever. First he would play some things for me, then he would listen to what I had done since he was with me last. Over the course of the Summer, I learned a lot from him, and Paul even began to see what I was trying to do, though it was strange to him as a trained musician He said that I played the piano like an organist, because of the low notes. He even said that in an earlier life I might have actually been an organist, perhaps in the Middle Ages. One afternoon he drew me a picture of the place he imagined I might have lived in at that time. These four CD's are a record of that Summer, including nearly every piece I did. I don't believe I had to discard much, if anything, and I owe it all to the inspiration and encouragement I got from Paul Sorel. The last time I saw Paul he was still getting around, but he was in pretty bad shape. I recently heard that he had a massive heart attack, something he has been fighting off for many years. I would respectfully like to dedicate this music to Paul Sorel. I have received the news that Paul died on July 16th, 2005. He was 85. We have reserved a place for him to sit at the League, with his picture and a rose to mark it.