Keyboard Maniac
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Exciting, challenging sounds for acoustic and electronic media.

Lettie Beckon Alston was born in Detroit, Michigan. She now resides in Michigan and is Associate Professor of Music at Oakland University. At the age of 15 she began piano lessons. She went to Wayne State University where she studied piano and composition. She graduated with her bachelor and masters degrees. She was the first African-American composer to obtain a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied composition with Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom and Eugene Kurzt. She also continued to study the piano and took courses in electronic music. Dr. Alston went on to teach at Wayne State University in 1983, the Detroit Public School in 1986, Oakland University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1987 and Eastern Michigan University in 1988. She returned to Oakland in 1991. This recording is entitled "Keyboard Maniac" because of the excitement electronics bring to Art Music, and Lettie Alston says, "as a composer, pianist and organist writing for the piano and electronic medium has been a spiritual awakening for me."
Contents:
Lettie Alston, composer
The Journey: The Longest Mile
Lettie Alston, piano

Lettie Alston, composer
Four Moods for Piano
Lettie Alston, piano

Lettie Alston, composer
Three Rhapsodies for Piano
Flavio Varani, piano

Lettie Alston, composer
Sonata of the Day, No. 1
Flavio Varani, piano

Lettie Alston, composer
Piano Variations on Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
Lettie Alston, piano

Lettie Alston, composer
Keyboard Maniac (Rhapsody No. 4)
Flavio Varani, piano
Lettie Alston, composer

Spiritual Awakening
Lettie Alston, electronic keyboards
Lettie Alston, composer

Sweet Memories
Flavio Varani, piano; Cedric Alston, synthesizer; Lettie Alston, electronic keyboards

Lettie Alston, composer
Diverse Imagery
Lettie Alston, electronic keyboards

Lettie Alston, composer
Echoes from the Spirit
Cedric Alston, electronic keyboards; Roderic Leon, electronic keyboards

Lettie Alston, composer
Daylight
Lettie Alston, electronic keyboards; Cedric Alston, synthesizer

Lettie Alston, composer
Storm Chaser
Flavio Varani, piano; Lettie Alston, electronic keyboards

Lettie Alston, composer
The End Times
Lettie Alston, electronic keyboards

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