Mark Scozzafave | Out Under the Sky

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Holiday: Spiritual Classical: Piano solo Moods: Featuring Piano
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Out Under the Sky

by Mark Scozzafave

This album features original arrangements for the piano, imagining the music of the Christmas Nativity, from pastoral anthems, a lullaby, and songs of rejoicing.
Genre: Holiday: Spiritual
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1. Veni Veni / of the Father's Love
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5:12 album only
2. O Little Town of Bethlehem
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3:10 album only
3. Bring a Torch
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1:47 album only
4. Wexford Carol
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4:15 album only
5. Shepherd Medley
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5:03 album only
6. What Child Is This
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3:37 album only
7. Do You Hear What I Hear
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3:30 album only
8. In the Bleak Midwinter
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4:44 album only
9. Rose in December
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3:00 album only
10. Ave Maria
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2:45 album only
11. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
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3:47 album only
12. I Wonder As I Wonder
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3:59 album only
13. My Dancing Day
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1:51 album only
14. Christmas Lullaby
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3:27 album only
15. In Dulci Jubilo
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It is unlikely that the Magi sang “We Three Kings”, or that Mary comforted her child with “Away In A Manger”. Rather, it is through post-Incarnation litanies and liturgy, sacred texts and even secular traditions that we have the music of Christmas we know today. However, to consider that holy, historical night as one without music, without a mother’s lullaby, pastoral hymns, or songs of rejoicing, would be equally mistaken.

This collection of original arrangements for the piano contemplates the music of that first Christmas. I attempted to capture the human and angelic, the divine and ordinary, while employing music made familiar over the last several centuries. It is inspired in part by the classical repertoire and music from the Polish and Celtic traditions; but more deeply by the humanity of those days under the Bethlehem sky: the wonder, the journey, the cold, the humility, the joy.

These arrangements are creatively assembled to be expressive, pianistic, and reflective of the meaning behind each piece of music. Sometimes subtly masked, others more readily recognized, the themes are all presented in Mark's careful and artful playing.


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