John Knowles Paine: Selected Piano Works
Selected Piano Works Denver Oldham, piano John Knowles Paine was the first American composer to be trained to the highest international standards, which, in his day, meant German standards. He organized the music department at Harvard and became the first American to be named professor of music at an American university. Paine's output for the piano falls almost entirely within the realm of the romantic character piece, the keyboard miniature, frequently cast in song form (ABA). The titles emphasize Paine’s relationship to the genres favored by the leading keyboard composers of his day: romance, impromptu, nocturne. Works of this type depend not on musical development of an idea, but rather on the immediate attractiveness of the melody and harmonies that make them up. Often they are songs without words, to use Mendelssohn’s phrase, short pieces that capture a single mood. Many of these pieces display his desire to avoid the simple perfect cadence, which he considered to have become a clichæ; he found many different ways to reach his final chord other than an unadorned progression of dominant chord to tonic. Denver Oldham has performed extensively in Europe, South America and the United States. He is devoted to expanding public appreciation of music by neglected American composers. Oldham has done extensive research on the piano works of John Knowles Paine and has found many unpublished works that are represented on this recording.

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John Knowles Paine: Selected Piano Works

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Christmas Gift, Op. 7
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Four Characteristic Pieces, Op. 25: Dance
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Four Characteristic Pieces, Op. 25: Romance
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Four Characteristic Pieces, Op. 25: Impromptu
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Four Characteristic Pieces, Op. 25: Rondo Giocoso
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Romance, Op. 12
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Three Piano Pieces, Op. 41: A Spring Idyl
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Three Piano Pieces, Op. 41: Birthday Impromptu
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Three Piano Pieces, Op. 41: Fuga Giocosa
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Valse Caprice
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Woodnotes
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Wayside Flowers
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Under The Lindens
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - The Shepherd's Lament
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Village Dance
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Rainy Day
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - The Mill
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Gipsies
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Farewell
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Ten Sketches: In The Country, Op. 26 - Welcome Home
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Four Character Pieces, Op. 11: Frisch
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Four Character Pieces, Op. 11: Feierlich
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Four Character Pieces, Op. 11: Etwas Bewegt
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Four Character Pieces, Op. 11: Willkommen
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Funeral March In Memory Of President Lincoln, Op. 9
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Romance, Op. 39
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Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1: Allegro
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Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1: Adagio
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Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1: Scherzo
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Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1: Finale
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Nocturne, Op. 45
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