The Solo Piano Music of Jean Françaix

This is my newest CD…my first as a solo artist, but my fifth overall. Here are some more:

 

Martinu: Concerto For Two Pianos And Orchestra, Etc / Valek

 
 

Tailleferre, Bartók, Et Al: Piano Duets

 
 

Tailleferre: Concerto Grosso; Poulenc, Snyder / Poindefert

 
 

Tailleferre: Music For Two Pianos, Etc


But long before these composers spoke to me, I remember the first time that music had a physical effect on me.  It was when my father took me to an orchestra concert at Jones Hall in Houston, TX. I was in fourth grade. I don’t remember the piece being played but I suspect it must have been Beethoven, because his music continues to move me to this day.

I think I was just sitting there, sort of listening and looking around. I got caught up in a tune and it must have taken a strange turn like a deceptive cadence or moved to a flat-sixth or maybe it was just one of Beethoven’s 3-hour long codas. Not sure. However, I do remember hanging on the suspension and being so satisfied when it finally resolved. Whoa. To this day, certain harmonic progressions have this effect on me. It can be any composer but it happens more often in the music of Beethoven. A mere coincidence? No. I consider Beethoven to be my musical God.

Dr. NAN on Jean Francaix: