From Rachel's Senior Recital at Cedarville University:

Rachel playing Jeux D'eau ("Play of water"), composed by Maurice Ravel in 1901. Said by Ravel of this piece: "Jeux d'eau, appearing in 1901, is at the origin of the pianistic novelties which one would notice in my work.

Rachel playing Respighi's Notturno is from his collection called Six Pieces for Piano, written in 1903. Respighi is primarily known for his orchestral works (such as Ancient Airs and Dances), but this piece shows his lush piano style. It may have been originally written for piano and violin, which explains its soaring melody line over gently undulating chords.

Rachel playing Sonata no. 6 in A Major, composed by Pietro Domenico Paradisi (Paradies). (1707-1791)

1. Vivace

2. Allegro (Toccata) begins at 3:36

Paradisi was a harpsichord composer between the Baroque and Classical eras. The second movement of this sonata, the Toccata, is often performed as a showy piece on the piano, but the first movement is rarely performed on the piano.


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Played By Rachel Lowrance in her studio for the MTNA National Certification.