Compositions of Steve Chandler

Posted by: Tim Adrianson

Compositions of Steve Chandler - 02/08/13 01:14 PM

attached are several solo piano compositions of Steve Chandler. 2 years ago he asked me to review a set of his compositions. The two I liked the best were Wobbly Waltz and Tender 7. More recently he has composed both Luminous and Elegy, both of which I like quite a lot. By mutual agreement I made solo piano recordings and asked him to review them. He has approved these four. Hope you enjoy. Comments are welcome.

Wobbly Waltz


Tender 7

Luminous

Elegy
Posted by: Steve Chandler

Re: Compositions of Steve Chandler - 02/08/13 08:41 PM

Tim,

Thanks for posting these recordings. I think you did a really nice job of playing these. Thanks so much for your efforts and I hope others enjoy them too.
Posted by: Cinnamonbear

Re: Compositions of Steve Chandler - 02/09/13 11:31 AM

Nicely done, Tim! Your thoughtful and sensitive interpretations prove Steve's compositions, the way I see it.

Your ending of "Wobbly Waltz" made me giggle. Very cute, indeed, Tim!

"Luminous" strikes me as a very "American" piece. Shades of Shakers and Copland, perhaps? I like the way you put the narrative arc together in this one.

Your performance of "Elegy" is exceptional. Soulful and touching to the core!

Now, as you know, I've been working on several of these, including "Tender 7," which is actually on the top of my stack right now, so, of course I was most interested to hear your take on it. Yours is a very romantic view, with the alternating liquid rubato of "presence" and passionate yearning for togetherness during "absence," and a solid maturity of oneness at the climax. The soudn is very much a love poem. I really enjoyed that reading of it! It's beautiful! My take on it is Baroque, I think... I hear Bach and Brubeck all over this one when I play it, so I've been taking it at about the same tempo as you did, but in a more strict time with less pedal, and, perhaps you would call, terraced dynamics! Ha-ha! Go figure!

Which is to say...

Steve's compositions deserve interpreters!!! There is much to explore in them! Steve, thank you so much for sharing your compostions with us. And, Tim, thank you so much for sharing these performances. What a treat!!!

--Andy
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Compositions of Steve Chandler - 02/20/13 01:57 AM

It's a real pity that these didn't get the attention they deserve. So I'm bumping this thread!

In addition I'd just like to note that Steve's works have a clarity, a very clear sentiment that is something that I enjoy very very much!

Thank you Steve and Tim!

Come people, listen up!