Myths and Fairy Tales

by Glenn Stallcop composer/pianist

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Myths And Fairy Tales is a collection of piano improvisations recorded at my cabin in the woods outside of Ash Fork, Arizona. Though freely improvised, the music sounds much more like Classical Music than it does Jazz. It doesn’t sound like Crossover either, it sounds like very free and imaginative Contemporary Classical Music.

Though my attitude toward the subject matter is more cynical than fanciful, the music is exceptionally free and flirtatious. It is lush and sensual one moment, sad and lonely the next. The music is about the lovely and fanciful Little White Lies we tell ourselves and our children that fuel our dreams and aspirations. Some are inspiration; some are impediment.

Each track conjures a familiar fantasy:

1. Once Upon A Time. It is about beliefs, stories, visions, convictions, and other forms of non-reality, including ideas of ones self. This first track could be subtitled, "The Primrose Path."

2. Long, Long Ago. If it is improbable, it is likely to have happened a very long time ago. Things were better then, people more peaceful, life not so hectic and stressful. It's been that way for a long, long time!

3. Happily Ever After. Are you serious? The title a little cynical, but this is one of my favorite improvisations ever.

4. Myth Of Self, Myth Of Same. This track is about the myths of self-perception - neither individual nor clone. We aren't what we think we are, we just are. This improvisation has two distinct parts.

5. Rapunzel Turns Ninety. Grow your hair long and a prince will come. Not. At the end, Rapunzel lets down her long spindly white hair one more time.

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released September 1, 2015

Glenn Stallcop, piano, composer, album artist

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Glenn Stallcop Phoenix, Arizona

Glenn Stallcop is a composer, pianist, and a long-time double bassist with the Phoenix Symphony. He has recorded many albums of piano improvisation over the last 20 years. He is a well-established composer with over 100 published works for orchestra, chamber music and vocal works, solo piano and double bass. ... more

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