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Book details
  • Genre:MUSIC
  • SubGenre:Printed Music / Piano & Keyboard Repertoire
  • Language:English
  • Pages:68
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667845890

Return Home: The Echoes Resound

by Ann Ruane View author's profile page

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"Return Home: The Echoes Resound" is an essential collection of late intermediate-early advanced solo piano pieces that explores a variety of emotional color and expression. The varying textures and stylings allow for a fresh interpretation each time you sit down to play. These pieces can be utilized in a variety of settings, from service or wedding preludes and interludes to reflective retreat settings. Pieces like "Sweet Surrender" and "Hope" offer uplifting inspiration while "Hollowed Out" and "Forsaken" give voice to what has no words. "Return Home: The Echoes Resound" Recapturing Endless Talent, Uncovering Radiant Nostalgia. Honoring One's Magnificence Evermore. The Heart Empowered. Every Cell Hums with Omnipotent, Effusive Spirit. Rhapsodic Enticing Sounds…Overflowing Unendingly…Nudging Diligently.
The title "Return Home: The Echoes Resound" was inspired by the true source of this music. What started out as little sketches scribbled in a manuscript book eventually blossomed into the pieces contained in this collection. The motifs, harmonies, and styles flowed right out of my pencil onto paper. There was a hidden treasure within me, waiting for me to return home to it. Each piece in this collection portrays facets of the return home…to your heart…to your roots…to your truth. Allow them to live differently within you each time you play them. Be flexible. Be curious. Interpret the pieces in a way that reflects where you are and how you feel in the moment. Let the music speak to you in a way that resonates with what you need to hear. As you play this music, I invite you to return home within yourself. Allow your own echoes to vibrate and resound within you, opening you to your own treasure. Feel beyond what you play and simply be.
About the author
Born with an insatiable hunger to play the piano, it became a reality when I was 11 years old. There was something about the piano that resonated deeply within me…the colors, the styles, the depth, the emotions…an endless opportunity for expression. I was in awe of what could be spoken with 10 fingers and 88 keys. I pursued a BM-Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to satiate my love of music and playing the piano. Upon graduation, I taught in the schools for a year and longer for my piano, so off to grad school I went. I completed my MM-Collaborative Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and deepened my love for the vast variety of styles and moods I could portray through my fingers. My passion for reading beyond the notes on the page yielded writing the notes themselves. I had no idea that there was a well-spring of 'words to be spoken' through my own composing. The journey continues, the path unfolds, and the echoes resound. It is with humble gratitude that I offer these pieces to you.