These wonderful anthologies present a fascinating survey of music by African composers, both those living in Africa and those now resident elsewhere in the world. The music, much of which is published here for the first time, includes a kaleidoscope of different styles, moods, genres, and colours. You will find works influenced by the blues, jazz, and ragtime and works built on exotic scales, African folk-tunes, and drumming rhythms. The volumes are graded, ranging from beginner (Vol. 1) to advanced (Vol. 5). They provide exciting material for pianists just beginning their studies and for those who are looking for new and exciting recital repertoire.
Editor William H. Chapman Nyaho
William H. Chapman Nyaho is an active internatinal performer, scholar, teacher, and clinician. Raised in Ghana and now living in the United States, Chapman Nyaho studied at Achimota School, Ghana, then at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Texas, Austin. Chapman Nyaho has performed in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. He gives regular masterclasses, presentations, lecture-recitals, and workshops.
"These important publications will bring immeasurable pleasure to musicians and music lovers and limitless credit to Dr. Chapman Nyaho. Dr. Chapman Nyaho has done a Herculean job finding, identifying and collecting this rich music. Without his skill and fervour, this precious trove of music may have been lost. Thank you, Dr. Chapman Nyaho, for your own musicianship and your devotion." - Poet, Maya Angelou 2007
"The depth and breadth of 20th-century piano music is extended in this remarkable ongoing anthology of works by composers who remain underplayed and neglected. Volumes 4 and 5 are eagerly awaited." - International Piano, September 08
"This remarkable anthology presents a captivating survey of
music by African composers as well as those of African descent. Dr. Chapman Nyaho provides well-written and illuminating profiles of each composer in the preface of each volume, as well as extremely helpful performance tips for each composition . . . Most importantly, this music represents exciting material for students and teachers seeking a fresh direction in literature appropriate for every possible recital, festival or competition performance." - The Score (Louisiana Music Teachers Assoc), May 09
"The scholarly effort in putting together compositions by African composers both living in the continent and abroad is huge and for that alone these volumes must surely gain encyclopaedic importance . . . The kaleidoscope of different styles, moods, genres and
colours is most enticing on the whole, and, for a performing teacher or music student, a good addition to your collections." - Beate Toyka Piano Professional Summer 09
"I must admit the works I gave to students were received with such enthusiasm that I set forth to utilize more of the pieces from each of the volumes. After analyzing the results from the teaching of these works, I cannot begin to say enough in praise of both the pedagogical as well as the "student-friendly" value of this wonderful new set of repertoire . . . BRAVO to Mr. Nyaho for allowing teachers and students an insight into much of the lovely but unknown music written in Africa and the Diaspora!" - Piano Guild Notes, Spring 2010