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The classically trained pianist's compositional style began shifting from classical to new age as he began appreciating the later compositions of Brian Eno and Philip Glass, and his approach moved from atonal to tonal and lyrical after a project which found him setting the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to music. He considers this nine-track recording a major conceptual and spiritual-minded work whose titles can be performed and listened to individually as well. It is a musical approximation of the classic religious three-part "triptych" painting which featured two sides opening to a third. "The 'ancient ones' are ancestors from long ago who brought knowledge to us over the centuries," he says. "They have special spiritual powers." There are three incantations which reflect the use of magical ceremonies to produce an effect which will summon up this ancient knowledge. The three movements are comprised of two dreams apiece; the titles include "The Dream of the Children," "The Dream of Make Believe," "The Dream of Mother Earth," "The Dream of the Silent One," and "The Wonder of Miracles." Urquhart — who worked for years as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein — composed "The Dream of Flight" for the Maestro's last birthday.

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The Dream of the Ancient Ones

This is a wonderful solo piano album. "The Wonder of Miracles" is a sublime solo piano melody.


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The moody new age composer Craig Urquhart is one of the finest independent pianists in America. It was almost a given that he would become a musician, as his early exposure to Leonard Bernstein's CBS series The Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic gave the Michigan child an obsession with music that led him to explore the piano. After absorbing the music of Joni Mitchell, Brian Eno, and Laura Nyro (as well as the usual classical composers: Bach, Chopin, et. al) he entered the University...
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