Ryan Marvel | Left Hand, Right Hand

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Left Hand, Right Hand

by Ryan Marvel

Honoring Gershwin, Sondheim and Rachmaninoff, this solo piano album explores the left and right hands as two seperate entities, acknowledging that they always must depend on one another. This passionate recording offers a very full, live sound.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Prelude in B-minor, op.28 no. 6 (Chopin)
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1:43 album only
2. Prelude in E, op. 28 no. 9 (Chopin)
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1:08 album only
3. Prelude in D-flat, op. 28 no. 15 Raindrop (Chopin)
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4:46 album only
4. Prelude in C-minor, op. 28 no. 20 (Chopin)
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1:55 album only
5. Nocturne in B-flat minor, op. 9 no. 1 (Chopin)
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6:09 album only
6. Andante Cantabile, k. 330 (Mozart)
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5:35 album only
7. Romance in F-minor, op. 10 no. 6 (Rachmaninoff)
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4:01 album only
8. Intermezzo in A, op. 118 no. 2 (Brahms)
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5:45 album only
9. Etude-Tableaux in C-minor, op. 33 no. 3 (Rachmaninoff)
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4:41 album only
10. Prelude no. 2 (Gershwin)
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3:50 album only
11. Send in the Clowns (Sondheim/arr. Marvel)
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4:33 album only
12. Rainfall (Marvel)
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13. Summertime (Gershwin/arr. Marvel)
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5:25 album only
14. Simple Gifts (Traditional Shaker/arr. Marvel)
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15. Scarborough Fair (Traditional/arr. Marvel)
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16. Beginnings (Marvel)
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Album Notes
From "Left Hand, Right Hand" liner notes:

I feel an obligation to pay homage to my hands. These are the tools with which I have worked for over thirty years now. I have no idea how the left and right sides of the brain send messages to the opposite hands to form a coherent musical phrase. How do they work together?

I have sometimes likened my hands to two lovers. At given moments one may have a voice that is more dramatic, but the relationship would not survive without trust and compromise. I cannot explain how I play the piano. I truth, I don't think about anything when I play; I only understand what I feel when I do. Release. Respite. Completely myself.

My classical roots show up on this album. These composers had the ability to use structure, yet maintain beauty, to give us the best of both musical worlds. I also love standards; "Summertime" is a piece that keeps evolving for me, sometimes taking unfamiliar form. The two original pieces were written at two very different times in my life.

The music on this album represents me, today. Thanks for listening.


Ryan A Marvel is a pianist, arranger and composer residing in Colorado.

Please visit www.ryanmarvel.com for more information.


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Larry M

Excellent! Great sound!
Just wanted to let you know that the CD gets played everyday. Thanks.


I really enjoyed the recording, especially the songs you wrote.

David M

Love it!
Love it! Great choices, I used to play the Intermezzo, one of my faves....More 'Ryan' compositions next time.

John M

Nice goin! Love the CD and the design - the music is rich, heartfelt and superb...the LH/RH concept is very cool. Nice work!


I frankly have no idea how the hands work from the brain. But I do know beautiful music when I hear it. I just finished playing your CD and it is definitely a beautiful piece of music. We enjoyed the selections, especially the two songs you wrote...quite a treat for us.


Listening to it now, it's great. Downbeat used to have a category for new musicians, TDWR. Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. That would be you. I was really impressed with the ones you penned yourself. Thanks again.

Marilou Coy

This is a fan letter!
I just played the album...again. I lay on the couch with my eyes closed and let the music wash over me and fill me. I listened intently to one of my favorite Nocturne's, and I cried over "Summertime". And I cherish the lovely "Beginnings", and laughed outloud at the last delicate splash of your "Rainfall".

Betti B and John M

Congrats! Superb!
In every way--the dialogue, the artistic design, the presentation, the choices, the music, the music...
Once again, we are in awe of you. And eternally jazzed!