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Sally Mosher | Explorations
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As a musician, Sally Mosher has been active as pianist, newspaper music critic and feature writer, radio interviewer, teacher and concert manager, and presently concentrates on performing early music and her own compositions on the harpsichord and other keyboards. Mosher’s four CD’s reflect this focus: William Byrd: Songs, Dances, Battles, Games and English Renaissance Harpsichord Music (Musica Pristina), and From Now On: New Directions for Harpsichord and Images and Moods, featuring her compositions for harpsichord, synthesizer, violoncello and flute (New Mix). Information at www.NewMixMusic.com, the American Composers Forum (www.composersforum.org) and www.CDbaby.com. A new CD, Towards the Light, presents keyboard improvisations by Mosher and friends.
As a composer, Mosher has been described as “a chanteuse of the harpsichord ... a richly imaginative composer of bold musical strokes that cross musical barriers and move the harpsichord out of the 18th century salon and into our times.” Some of her works for harpsichord have been performed at The Library of Congress, the Berkeley and Athena Festivals, national early keyboard conferences, as well as in recitals. Mosher’s music has also been recorded by noted harpsichordist Elaine Funaro ("Dances with Harpsichords"; Centaur) and dynamic young Welsh harpsichordist Christopher Lewis ("The New-Fangled Clavier”). Grammy winning pianist Gloria Cheng, now also a harpsichordist, has played Sally’s works in recital.
A researcher/Reader at the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, Mosher is the author of the book People and Their Contexts: A Chronology of the Sixteenth Century World. She has presented early music lectures and lecture-recitals for the Renaissance Conference of Southern California, the Renaissance Society of America, California Institute of the Arts, the Shakespeare Roundtable, the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Shakespeare Oxford Society, among other venues, and has lectured on the harpsichord at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China. Her articles on Renaissance music and other music topics have appeared in The Elizabethan Review, The Oxfordian Journal, the Southern California Early Music News Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Area Early Music News, and KUSC Members’ Newsletter.
Mosher studied at Manhattanville College and the University of Southern California for degrees in music history and piano, studying piano with Lillian Steuber, and harpsichord with Wm. Neil Roberts. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School, and is a member of the California Bar. She is President/owner of Oakhill Enterprises, a real estate investment business.
Long interested in contemporary music, Mosher is President of Piano Spheres Concerts (founded by Leonard Stein), a recital series presenting notable piano compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries at Zipper Concert Hall of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles. She is also a director of the Southern California Baroque Association. Increasingly active as an artist, Mosher paints colorful abstract canvases, designs jewelry, and has lectured on the history of jewelry.
|1.||Entrada Solemne (Unmeasured Prelude)||harpsichord|
|2.||Journeying Near and Far|
|5.||Sense of Spain|
|6.||Tango: Dreams of an Afternoon||harpsichord|
|7.||Habanera: Bitter with the Sweet||harpsichord|
|9.||Longings (Unmeasured Prelude)||piano|
|10.||Down a Path, Three by Two|
|13.||From the Depths|
|14.||Cool Waters Flow||harpsichord|
(Anthony Brazier, flute)
|17.||Night Train Boogie||harpsichord|
Anthony Brazier performs on both modern and Baroque flute. He has concertized throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Tahiti and Taiwan as both recital and orchestral soloist, as well as with chamber ensembles. As soloist, he has appeared with harpsichordists Trevor Pinnock, Wm Neil Roberts and Susanne Shapiro. As orchestra player, he has worked under many noted conductors, including Walter Decloux, Richard Lert, and Horst Neumann. A founding member of the Los Angeles Baroque Players, Brazier is active as a teacher.
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Praise for Explorations
"Terrific CD! Wonderful medley of piano, harpsichord and flute pieces
concluding with my personal favorite, 'Night Train Boogie.'
Think this may be the best yet by this versatile and innovative composer!"
-- East Coast Reviews
"This is a marvelously enjoyable and beautifully structured album.
The harpsichord music is dramatic, intricate, and full of feeling - a
revelation. Sally Mosher is a true virtuoso of the instrument. The
piano pieces are more meditative and dreamlike, with a wonderfully
fresh and improvised feel: interior landscapes perhaps. All in all,
a spellbinding keyboard journey!"
-- Charles Beauclerk, author
"I loved it. My favourite track is easily the Tango (Confrontations) - this is
a great piece, all the aspects of contemporary harpsichord music I love."
-- Christopher Lewis, harpsichordist
"Wonderful! I especially liked Confrontations Tango"
-- Judith Randall, business owner
"I am thoroughly enjoying Sally Mosher's new CD, Explorations.
Her compositions are so original and varied, with intricate harmonies
and textures. The instrumentation is very interesting and unusual.
I will listen again and again"
-- Inesita, Spanish Dance performer
Click desired format to play each 90-second audio excerpt:
|Journeying Far and Near||MP3 RealAudio Windows Media|
|Sense of Spain||MP3 RealAudio Windows Media|
|Tango: Confrontations||MP3 RealAudio Windows Media YouTube *|
|Longings (Unmeasured Prelude)||MP3 RealAudio Windows Media|
|Down a Path, Three by Two||MP3 RealAudio Windows Media|
(Anthony Brazier, flute)
|MP3 RealAudio Windows Media|
|Night Train Boogie||MP3 RealAudio Windows Media|
* The YouTube clip is full-length.
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Catalog number: NMM 1009
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Additional Releases by Sally Mosher
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English Renaissance Harpsichord
William Byrd: Songs ·
Dances · Battles · Games
From Now On
Images and Moods
|Towards the Light
Improvisations featuring Sally Mosher, Patrick Lindley, Justin Rizzo-Weaver, Scott Fraser
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