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Morning To Midnight

by Frank Levin/Scott Pratt

Classical/Popular Crossover, easy listening, relaxing background piano music
Genre: Easy Listening: Classical Pop
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1. Morning Song Scott Pratt
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2. Lunch Break Scott Pratt
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3. Afternoon Doldrums Scott Pratt
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4. Twilight Aria Scott Pratt
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5. Midnight Nocturne Scott Pratt
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6. Passion Scott Pratt
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7. Taraval Street Rag Scott Pratt
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8. A Sunny Stroll Through Stern Grove Scott Pratt
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9. McCoppin Square Scott Pratt
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10. Sunset Streetlights Scott Pratt
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11. Ocean Beach, Three A.M. Scott Pratt
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12. Summer Fog Scott Pratt
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13. Summer Nocturne Scott Pratt
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14. Summer's End Scott Pratt
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15. Autumn Scott Pratt
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16. Arctic Winter Scott Pratt
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17. Arctic Spring Scott Pratt
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18. Prairie Homecoming Scott Pratt
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19. Romance Scott Pratt
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20. For Maureen Scott Pratt
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21. Prelude in Blue Scott Pratt
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22. For Zadie Glatt Scott Pratt
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23. Song for Smokey Scott Pratt
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24. Misty Memories Scott Pratt
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25. Postlude Scott Pratt
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Frank Levin, a contemporary composer of dozens of songs, piano and small ensemble pieces, has come up with his first CD, a retrospective of some of the best of his piano music, beautifully performed by award-winning pianist Scott Pratt. The CD, entitled "Morning to Midnight", includes the suite by that name, six pieces from Frank's "San Francisco Souvenirs", a seasonal cycle, and a variety of other works, including several dedicated to students, family, and friends.

Response to the CD of piano music has been overwhelmingly positive from the many fans who have already purchased it. "I love it. I play it in the car and in the office. It's relaxing, like being on vacation," said Nellie Keate, a realtor who bought the CD and then came back to purchase several more for friends and family at the CD Release Party. Christine Ho, one of Frank's piano students, was not surprised at the positive reception: "I've played a number of the piano works on the CD...and really enjoyed them."

Dick Wahlberg, recording engineer for the project, was full of praise for pianist, Scott Pratt's contribution. "Every take was an honest performance," he told a reporter.

"There is not one throw-away track among the twenty five, and every performance is definitive," said Levin. "We recorded slowly over a two year period-no more than three or four tracks at a session-and Scott rehearsed each selection with me several times before entering the studio to ensure every nuance was perfect. And the accompanying booklet notes help to illuminate details of this often descriptive piano music."

Levin's tuneful, often deeply moving and accessible style of piano writing has gained him considerable acclaim over the years. And listeners have found it suitable for work, study and fine dining in addition to serious listening.


The noted cabaret artist Wesla Whitfield, who sang for the president in a command performance at the White House and regularly plays San Francisco's prestigious Plush Room and the equally legendary Algonquin Room in New York, is among his admirers. Wesla recorded four songs from his long-running musical revue "Never a White Christmas", celebrating the holidays in snowless San Francisco. Her performance of the title song won her a first prize in an original christmas song contest and gained Frank a recording contract.

Frank received much of his formal training at the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with Dr. Sol Joseph, Nathan Schwartz, and the now-famous composer John Adams. In addition, he took jazz theory classes with Jim Grantham, and songwriting and arranging lessons with film composer, Gary Remal.

Scott Pratt, a California native, has performed throughout California and much of the United States. He is a frequent solo and chamber music recitalist in San Francisco. Scott has received top prizes in many competitions, including the National Guild of Piano Teachers International Recording Competition, the La Jolla Civic Symphony Competition, and several categories of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra Competition. He teaches in The San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Preparatory and Extension Division and at Laney College in Oakland.

In commenting about his work on this CD, Scott observed, "I enjoy playing Frank's music because it is expressive, well constructed, pianistic, and accessible to audiences. I believe it should be more widely known, and hopefully this CD will help expand his reputation."

NOTES FOR REVIEWERS

At the request of several reviewers of my CD, Morning to Midnight, I have prepared the following list to help focus on the music that would be of most personal interest since the stylistic influences are so varied:

Classical tracks: 1,2,4,5,6,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,
22,23,24,25
Ragtime and Jazz tracks: 3,7,21
Popular tracks: 7,8,9,12,14

None of these categories are intended to represent pure types, still I hope they will assist you in your task.

Frank Levin

REVIEWS FORWARDED TO THE COMPOSER

1. "I've been enjoying your CD very much. It is charming and well done - nice performances, production and pieces. Congratulations." Tod Brody, San Francisco Chapter Director, American Composers Forum.

2. "If you are interested in some very nice, melodic (piano) pieces that are fun to play, you might try Frank Levin." David Reffkin, Radio Host KUSF "Ragtime Machine".

3. "I am particularily drawn to three of your pieces: Sunset Streetlights, Summer Fog and Autumn - they evoke so much pleasurable imagery for me." Steve Carnine, teacher.

4. "Several of the piano pieces (those of a similar style) are as good as Percy Grainger. In one I enjoy, I hear Ravel. The Prairie Homecoming, so tuneful, has to be one of my favorites. The Taraval Street Rag is also a great piece, one that must rank with the best of that genre, as well as being plain fun." Bill Harmer.

5. "There is a certain subtlty about this music that can grab you, involve you. It is friendly and warm - but not cutesy." Steve Yuan, pianist and guitarist.

6. "At the moment, my favorites are Twilight Aria and Taraval Street Rag." Lillian Laakso, retired symphony violinist.

7. "The music is simply wonderful and the titles just fit every tune that you have written." Frances Theodore.

8. "It's like having you in my living room. I love the cover with the cat. It's so original." Lesley Cramer.

9. "The pianist seems to have a real feel for the mood of each work." Peter Wershof, pianist.

10. "Congratulations. It has been a monumental project and I am so happy and proud that you got this done. It's a wonderful work." George Lynch, CD sound engineer.

11. "Listening to your lovely tunes is a great way to start the day." Tom Keylon.

12. "The CD brought back memories of long lost ideas of music, and a dedication to the magical ability that music has to not only reflect moods but to help change them as well." Mary Palmer, Music Director, High Plains Public Radio.

13 "I enjoyed your CD very much." Julian Armour, Founder and Artistic Director, The Ottawa Chamber Music Society.

For more about Frank, including soundclips of rare recordings of his songs, listings of published sheet music and fake books, photos, artwork and practicing hints, see his website www.franklevincomposer.com, or e-mail him directly at frank@franklevincomposer.com.


Reviews


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William Zagorski, Fanfare Magazine Sept./Oct. 2003

Frank Levin's piano music is deft, straightforward, and quietly gracious.
He is an accomplished miniaturist who brings a host of influences into his work- subtle jazz tinges,the kind of cowboy songs that inspired Copland, Debussian harmonies, cocktail pianism, and pop tunefulness that rubs shoulders with the more rarefied utterances of Chopin and Scriabin.
Pianist Scott Pratt shows his virtuosity by finding unfailingly, the right tempo for each of these vocally inspired miniatures, and by characterizing each fully within the parameters allotted.

Kirke Mechem, composer of opera Tartuffe,and other classical wor

Charming, unassuming, skillful
Frank Levin writes the kind of charming, unassuming, skillful piano music that the 20th century almost killed off.

StanleyMars

Highly listenable; Bears repeated playing; honest stuff, grabs your ear.
Though the music is largly personal, one can readily tune in
and identify with it yourself. Though all original music there
is an air of familiarity to it; it's as right as rain, yet it
never tires or falters. It's one of those rare recordings that
you want to press your "repeat" button on your cd player.

Frederick Glaser

Delightful music, sensitively performed.
The music is lovely, relaxed, tuneful, and often moving. The performance could not be more appropriate, with a light touch and more than enough technique. I was particularly delighted with the Taraval Street Rag, and hope that the composer does some additional work in this genre. Bravo all around.

Douglas Gardali

unique and pure
The music was genuinely unique and pure. A well kept secret for anyone who would like to relax or even meditate. This is truly a breath of fresh air that is enormously rare in this day and age.

Evan Rosen

Great for cooking, eating, entertaining, working, studying
Levin and Pratt have struck a high note with this wonderful CD. The music is original and so is the theme of the CD. The composer was inspired by Parkside, the San Francisco neighborhood he calls home. Parkside lacks the intensity of many S.F. districts, and therefore the music is quite relaxing. The CD goes great with cooking, eating, entertaining, working and studying. As one listens to the CD, images of foggy mornings, sunny afternoons, and moonlit evenings come to mind. Morning to Midnight will keep you smiling and tapping your toes 24 hours a day.

West Portal Monthly October 2002

the compositions are very expressive...impressive debut CD
Stylistically, the compositions are very expressive, ranging from the rich textures of his serious classical works to several upbeat ragtime ditties to the melodic melancholia found in modern jazz.

Sunset Beacon October 2002

Parkside Composer Hits Right Notes on New CD
The CD has been well received so far and Levin is confident sales will continue. Realtor Nellie Keate described the music as "relaxing" and uses it as background music at work. Dick Wahlberg, recording engineer for the CD, praised Pratt's contribution. "Every selection was an honest performance," he said.

The FogCutter September 2002

Music of the Avenues
Now you can have a truly "West of Twin Peaks" dinner party with background music that celebrates our western neighborhood, thanks to a new CD by Parkside resident and composer Frank Levin.