Sam Miller is an American pianist/composer who's not one, but two pieces we are delighted to present to you today. "Moving" and "Drip Drawing" are both a part of his album "Piano Works" and both neoclassical gems.
Of the two, "Moving" is certainly the one anchored deeper in the classicism. Starting off softly on a cinematic melody played with a light hand, the music moves into your domain effortless and well-intended - a friendly ghost of a kind. Elaborating further, the pianist lifts the melody an octave higher emphasizing the glowing element of the piece while the left hand continues to lay a soothing arpeggio accompaniment. Complete with a beautiful minor key middle section, the piece returns to its caressing major theme towards the end, thus elegantly tying the piece together.
"Drip Drawing", unlike the first piece, has a much more present "neo" in it's neoclassical element. Form-free and almost experimental, the piece creates a sort of mystifying mood. If the former composition was a friendly ghost, then this one is the memory of it. Why 'almost' experimental? Simply because fundamentally the piece is still genre defined, however, the delivery - a highly dreamy one - puts it into a transcendental paradigm, one that's free of reasons or expectations.
Sam Miller is the kind of pianist that hits appeal, originality and simplicity every time he hits the keys and that's just admirable.
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