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Roberto Prosseda: Lyricism: Songs Without Words by Michael Glenn Williams

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Roberto Prosseda: Lyricism: Songs Without Words

Solo Piano Music of Michael Glenn Williams


With Roberto Prosseda on Piano

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 8, 2006

This two-disc CD has two different methods of recording employed to showcase Michael Glenn Williams’ compositions, performed by Roberto Prosseda. I listened to disc #1, more compatible with my computer software. The 20 tracks on each disc include three Songs Without Words, a four-part Enchanted Forest Suite, an eight-part Collage Suite, two Tone Poems, a Nocturne, a Canzicranz Dance, and a Berceuse. The music is ethereal, impressionistic, and a mix of melodic and dissonant.

Notable tracks:

#3–Songs Without Words 3 – This composition is melancholy and moody with dissonance in the higher registers, evocative of midnight rain. Repetitive chords precede an incandescent fadeout.

#10 –Nocturne –Atonal treble passages in this track contrast with deep, dark chords. A surreal sensation is followed by a meandering melody that slowly disappears.

#13 –Beautiful Spanish Dancer in Collage Suite – With a dizzy entrance, this track mimics a spinning dance with fiery flashes of tempo. The dance moves up and down the scale with energy and edge.

#20 –Romance – A Tone Poem. Sadness and longing are evident in this composition. The notes have crystalline clarity and sensitive softness.

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