American Piano Music


Richard Trythall, composer-pianist

Links are to Mp3 examples found on this site

Albert Ammons (1925 - 1974)
     Chicago on my Mind
   Bass Gone Crazy

"Zez" Confrey (1895 - 1971)
     Kitten on the Keys
Dizzy Fingers (Mp3 is complete )

Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)
  Four Piano Blues

Chick Corea (1941 - )
     Children's Songs

George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)
     The Songbook:
(The Man I Love, Swanee, Nobody But You, I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Do it Again, Fascinating Rhythm, Oh, Lady Be Good, Somebody Loves Me, Sweet and Low Down, Clap Yo' Hands, Do Do Do, My One and Only, 'S Wonderful, Strike Up the Band, I Got Rhythm, Who Cares? That Certain Feeling, Liza)
     Three Preludes
   Rhapsody in Blue, solo piano version (ed. Alicia Zizzo- Trythall) (Mp3 is complete)

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829 - 1869)
     Union Paraphrase de Concert, Op. 48
     Souvenir de la Havane Grand Caprice, Op. 39
     The Banjo

Charles Ives (1874 - 1954)
     Sonata N. 2 "Concord, Mass" (Mp3 of "Hawthorne" movement is complete)
Three Page Sonata
  Varied Air and Variations
  Some South Paw Pitching
  The Anti-Abolitionist Riots

Keith Jarrett (1945 -)

James P. Johnson (1894 - 1955)
     Snowy Mornin' Blues
   Carolina Shout
   Over the Bars
   Keep Off the Grass

Pete Johnson (1904 - 1967)
    Death Ray Boogie
   Blues on the Downbeat

Scott Joplin (1868 - 1917):
      Maple Leaf Rag (Mp3 is complete)
   Pine Apple Rag
Euphonic Sounds
(Mp3 is complete)
(Mp3 is complete)
   Elite Syncopations
   The Entertainer
Magnetic Rag
(Mp3 is complete)

Meade Lux Lewis (1905 - 1964)
   Honky Tonk Train Blues

Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton" (1890 - 1941)
          New Orleans Joys
    Grandpa's Spells (Mp3 is complete)
The Jelly Roll Blues (Mp3 is complete)
King Porter Stomp (Mp3 is complete)
     The Crave

     Shreveport Stomp
     Spanish Swat
Finger Buster (Mp3 is complete)
 Freakish (Mp3 is complete)
     Jungle Blues (Mp3 is complete)

     State and Madison
     Creepy Feeling
     Hyena Stomp
     Kansas Stomp
     Perfect Rag

Pine Top Smith (1904 - 1967)
       Pine Top's Boogie Woogie
     Jump Steady Blues

Richard Trythall (1939 - )
           1. A Song for You 2. Arabesque 4. Coming Home 4. Fantasy 5. First Piano Piece 6. French Film Music 7. Insieme  8. Jonah 9. Norma Dean 10. Prelude 11. Solo 12. Toccata (80 minutes)
 Arabesque 2 (Mp3 is complete)
          1. Voyage 2. River 3. Old Story 4. Night Rider 5. Aria 6. Mirage 7. Island (35 minutes)
     Parts Unknown
1. Prologue 2. Soliloquy 3. Intermezzo 4. Toccata 4. Adagio 6. Allegro 7. Waltz 8. Fantasy 9. Etude 10. Senza Tempo 11. Melodrama 12. Night Rider 2 (60 Minutes)
    Two Haitian Ritual Dances (for prepared piano)
     Suite of Five Pieces in African-American Piano Styles
(Adele's Boogie Woogie, Gospel Road, Pine Rag, Sad Talk Blues, Blackeys Rag)


Selected Concert Programs



The Piano in African-American Music


"From Rags to Boogie Woogie"


Richard Trythall, pianist-composer


Two Haitian Folk Dances *                                                                       Traditional
     1. Bumba Dance for two drums
     2. Vodoun Dance for 3 voudon drums
*transcription for prepared piano: Richard Trythall

Selections:                                                                                                        Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
     Maple Leaf Rag (1899)
     Elite Syncopations (1902)
     Pine Apple Rag (1908)
     Solace (1909)
     Stoptime (1910)
     Euphonic Sounds (1909)
     Magnetic Rag (1914)

Two Novelty Rags                                                                                            Eleazar (Zez) Confrey (1895 - 1971)
     Kitten on the Keys (1921)
      Dizzy Fingers (1923)

Selections:                                                                                                         "Jelly Roll" Morton (1890-1941)
     New Orleans Blues (1902)
     Jelly Roll Blues (1905)
     Mamanita (1924)
     Grandpa's Spells (1923)
     King Porter's Stomp (1923)
     Shreveport Stomp (1924)
(transcriptions by Richard Trythall)

Two Boogie Woogies
     Pine Top's Boogie Woogie (1928)*                                                      Clarence "Pine Top" Smith (1904 - 1929)
*transcription: Richard Trythall

     Honky Tonk Train Blues (1939)                                                             Meade Lux Lewis (1905-1964)

Program Notes in English and Italian


Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

Richard Trythall, pianist-composer

Anti-Abolitionist Riots (1909)                          Charles Ives (1874-1954)

The Crave* (1910)                                               Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1885-1941)

Three Page Sonata (1905)                                 Charles Ives

King Porter Stomp* (1906)                                Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton

Spanish Swat* (1938?)                                      Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton

Some South Paw Pitching (1909)                    Charles Ives

Freakish* (1929)                                                Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton

Jungle Blues* (1927)                                          Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton

Varied Air and Variations (1923?)                  Charles Ives

Pep* (1931)                                                         Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton

*Transcriptions by Richard Trythall

Program Notes in English and Italian



The New Age of American Piano Music


Richard Trythall, pianist-composer


Children's Songs (1971-1980)                                            Chick Corea
(N. 12, 13, 9, 10, 11, 6, 16, 17, 14, 20)

Parts Unknown (1991)                                                       Richard Trythall
N. 1 - 6


Ritual                                                                                   Keith Jarrett

Southern Charm and Yankee Ingenuity


Richard Trythall, pianist-composer


Union Paraphrase de concert, op. 48                  Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)

Maple Leaf Rag                                                    Scott Joplin (1868 -1917)
Elite Syncopations
Euphonic Sounds

Hawthorne (from the "Concord Sonata")              Charles Ives (1874-1954)


Souvenir de la Havane Grand caprice op. 39       Louis Moreau Gottschalk

New Orleans Blues                                                 Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941)
Jelly Roll Blues
Grandpa's Spells

Rhapsody in Blue (version for solo piano)             George Gershwin (1898-1937)


Monographic Concerts


The Piano Music of George Gershwin

The Piano Music of Charles Ives

The Piano Music of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton

The Piano Music of Richard Trythall



Music in duo with Timothy Martin, Tenor


Song Cycles by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber. Songs by George Gershwin. Spirituals mixed with solo piano works by the same authors


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