20 Children8217;s Songs for piano
Leon Bates, piano
[8230;] The Children8217;s Songs were Corea8217;s first attempt at writing for solo piano. These pieces were begun in 1971 and were added to gradually over the next nine years, culminating in the twenty pieces represented here. [8230;] The Songs are reminders of the Scenes from Chidhood of Robert Schumann and the Children8217;s Pieces of Mussorgsky in that they are short, to the point and are quite contrasting in their natures. The Corea songs are characterized by infectious ostinato bass-lines, syncopated rhythms and circular melodies that are very charming in their innocence. The Children8217;s Songs are fun to play because while being simple and direct in their statements they are sometimes quite probing and colourful in their nuances, not unlike children themselves.
Music Notes by Leon Bates