VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2 of my piano pieces were all written as pieces in a similar vein. They are a reflective look over the passage of events, impressions, and feelings experienced throughout my life to date.
My friend, conductor Anthony Armoré, suggested doing an orchestral version of all these piano pieces. Others thought that was a good idea as well. So now that has become a recorded reality and I’m very happy that I took Anthony’s advice on this matter. I asked my friend Mark J Saliba to do the orchestrations for a small chamber orchestra, staying true to the essence and expression of my piano pieces. As usual, he did exactly that.
Since these two volumes were recorded, I have completed my piano volumes 3 and 4 which will also come out under the banner REFLECTIONS & RECOLLECTIONS – MUSICAL
IMAGES FOR PIANO.
The piano pieces for VOLUME 3 have now been recorded and the piano works of VOLUME 4 will be recorded in January 2020. These will eventually be recorded for small chamber orchestra as well. Mark Saliba is already working on these orchestrations.
The music, however, is perhaps a little more intense and varied than in the original two volumes. There is a natural progression in my musical journey. As to what my music is evolving into I’ll leave that to others to talk about. — Mark John McEncroe
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