Star of the Sea by Annie Locke
Star of the Sea – a nostalgic journey back to the piano parlor music of late 19th century America with a solo piano piece written by one of the first women popular composers, Amanda Kennedy.
In a departure from the albums I have done so far, and from my latest solo piano album, A Glimmer of Hope, I have recorded Star of the Sea as a tribute to one of the first successful women composers of piano music, in a popular style, in America.
Amanda Kennedy is thought to have written this piano piece in 1883 when she was 16. At that time, it was unusual to find a woman composer getting a look in.
But Kennedy’s piece was apparently very popular and a great success, selling over 2 million copies of the sheet music at that time. So much so, that it was later reconfigured by her as a choral piece, Star of the East which was also recorded later by Judy Garland.
I came across it because a friend of mine wanted to play it at her great uncle’s funeral – apparently he loved it – and there was no recent recording available. I made a recording for my friend to use, and then, as I really liked the piece, thought that it would be a nice tribute, and of historical value, to release the recording.
And here it is: Star of the Sea; a present-day woman composer of solo piano music, playing a piece written by one of the first lady popular composers in the USA.
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