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Reviews and Comments About the Music
"I was so impressed by your husband's music and by your remarkable skill at performing it! It is clearly challenging to play, yet emotionally so rewarding to hear! I truly enjoyed your concert "
"La Tomba di Scarlatti' is a beautifully balanced work made up of three pieces, each of a strongly different character-- written by the American composer Nicholas Van Slyck. Here is a work beautifully written for the instrument and of a beautiful construction in itself.
Van Slyck knows how to write for the harpsichord. It is real music, and it is magnificent.
Suite for Harpsichord- (No.1)—is a revelation in regard to musical expression on the harpsichord; the music was warm and meaningful.
Finger Paints for Piano, Vol. 1 Grades2-3
Van Slyck uses such 20th century techniques as irregular rhythms, mirror writing, tone clusters, and moderately dissonant harmonies. An excellent supplementary volume for the adult beginner, it also features several pieces well suited for children, notably “Seascape”, “Mobile”, and “Boating”.
With Twenty Fingers,—Piano four hands
Volumes 1 and 2----A fine album composed in an ungimmicky, clean style—excellent compositions. A real contribution to four hand literature.
Forest Music CD
Music for Horn, Harpsichord, Bassoon, Piano
Pantomime, Twelve Cadenzas, Will-o’-the-Wisp, Capriccio No. 3.
Good engineering, good notes. I do recommend it.
Judgement in Salem plus Piano Music CD
The chamber opera for four voices, piano, and percussion, Judgement in Salem, is adapted from Act IV, Scene II of Longfellow's "Giles Corey of the Salem Farms". As a fan of the well-known story, I was enthralled.
American Record Guide, Nov./Dec. 2009
Music for Piano CD : Pantomime, for piano four hands, and Variations on a theme of Schubert, for solo piano
Schubert Variations-- a highly enjoyable set of variations with plenty of imagination and color. Van Slyck knows his craft well and has carefully avoided any superficiality in his writing. Although at 50 minutes it is a long piece, there is enough variety, including two fugues, to hold the attention.
Pantomime is far more modern and experimental than its companion--you will probably like this.
American Record Guide, Mar./Apr. 2006
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