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Album Review: MendelChopRach (single)
Anne Trenning
Cover image of the album MendelChopRach (single) by Anne Trenning
MendelChopRach (single)
Anne Trenning
2020 / Shadetree Productions
5 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
“MendelChopRach” is a new single from pianist/composer Anne Trenning, and what a delightful piano solo it is! The title is a clever combination of the composer names Mendelssohn, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, but Trenning didn’t use direct musical “quotes” from their compositions. The piece is more of an homage to their enormous influence on music history and on music itself - especially piano music. Anne mentioned to me that she composed quite a bit of music like this after college, as she was finding and developing her own distinct musical voice.

“MendelChopRach” begins with a short but very powerful intro and then the left hand takes over at a spirited tempo with the right hand joining in after a few bars. This first main section is very flowing and keeps up the rapid tempo before slowing dramatically to a more expressive and lyrical middle section - definitely the passage inspired by Chopin! The poignant and melancholy tone of this section contrasts beautifully with the lively movement and the powerful chords that precede and follow it. The short intro returns at the end of this second passage, followed by a variation of the rapid movement. The piece ends with a dramatic run up and down the piano keyboard and a powerful series of chords similar to the intro. Brava!!!

Sheet music is available for “MendelChopRach” along with a variety of surprises to be unveiled in the near-future. As much fun to play as it is to listen to, I also have a review of the sheet music. The single is now available from Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music and many streaming sites such as Spotify. The sheet music is available from https://www.annetrenning.com.
October 17, 2020
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