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A composition for solo piano in the spirit of Bach's Prelude in C Major - a piece that focuses on the arpeggiated chords with no perceivable melody. The song is dedicated to Bestor's Kenyan-born wife Petrina.
This traditional hymn (music written in 1866 by John Grey) is arranged in a very "visual style" by Bestor with his trademark alternative harmonies and unique stylings.
The very first song the Kurt Bestor arranged on his first album Joyspring: Images - piano. Using the music of Dave Grusin as a guide (especially the theme from On Golden Pond) Bestor has taken a hymn and painted a musical watercolor painting.
This song was written to represent the feeling of coming to a "sanctuary" or "safe place" after going through incredible angst and hard ship. I tried to round off as many sharp edges as possible and leave the listener with the feeling of "ahhh." (From the album "A Life Composed")
A song from Bestor's Seasons album, Hymn is a song from the Autumn portion of the album. As a kid, before he was allowed to dive into his turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, Bestor had to play his latest piano piece for the Bestor family and friends. This piece is a kind of musical Norman Rockwell depiction of that scene.
A song with Americana overtones that suggests a peaceful reverie in places like the Appalachian region of America. Played like a hymn, but possessing no dogma, this original piano peaces is perfect for inside and outside of the chapel.
A song by Gabriel Fauré arranged by Kurt Bestor from his album "Kurt Bestor & The Collective - Outside the Lines." Arranged here for piano by Bestor himself, it captures the feeling of his arrangement of Faure's haunting piece.
Another in Bestor's series of love songs (Chansons d'Amour) this piece has a very memorable melody that begins in a melancholy minor key between graduals unfolds with the melody being played in a sweet major key. In 3/4 time, the piece reminds one of a waltz danced by two lovers.
A song celebrating the dedication and artistry of John J Audubon and his comprehensive paintings of bird life. The song was composed to capture his solitary journeys to paint thousands of American's birds and includes a musical rendition of actual bird calls.
Bestor describes this emotional and autobiographical piece this way: "A song I composed after a soul-searching hike to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park. I found my answer in the beauty of the icy lake and towering glacier mountain." - from the album "A Life Composed."
A contemplative song for piano from Kurt Bestor's album "Kurt Bestor and The Collective: Outside the Lines." Meant to capture the emotion evoked by French impressionistic painters like Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Cézanne, the piece paints a picture of a an idyllic scene drenched in the color indigo.
A song composed in a cabin while Bestor was musing about a pine tree he viewed through the window. Obviously, it had been there many more years than the cabin. The whisperings of the wind through the pine boughs are captured in this composition as if they are trying to tell us the secret to their longevity.
This song, though played slowly like a requiem, is actually quite the opposite. It was written as a piece of solemn, but positive, introspection allowing one to contemplate the peace and tranquility found "between the notes."
Romantique is another of Bestor's series of "love songs" for solo piano. This one is influenced by late Romantic composers and early impressionists like Satie. The very singable melody over the top of triplet arpeggios makes this a very enjoyable piece to play and perform.