Welcome to William Groth, Piano

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An old folk tune also known as "Parting Hand".



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Another antebellum melody later found lyrics that evoked a bird, alone in the world. The concept helped me to imagine some improvisation on the piano, bluegrass-style. 

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Inspired by an Irish tune that later was adapted to fit the poem by William Wordsworth. The Schimmel piano I used for these recordings seemed to sound like a dulcimer when played like the first few bars.

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There are fourteen folk/country tunes on this CD, but in addition, there are five numbers that allowed me to use more modern voicings and jazz styles. 

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I had fun with this one, from the  late eighteenth century or earlier .  The African-American  spirituals on this collection must be done with 13th chords and blues scales, right? 

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The third style that seemed to surface on my exploration of these folky melodies is that occasionally a common Protestant hymn can make room for some gospel-rock rhythm piano, this one inspired directly in the first chorus from the four part SATB arrangement.