I’ll Start In A Minor (Album)

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A debut album of original solo piano compositions that come from the depths of her heart and soul, this is a dedication to Janine’s piano teacher and life long friend, Margriet Pendavingh whose teacher was taught by Franz Liszt.

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This CD is a dedication to Margriet Pendavingh who was my classical piano teacher for 13 years. She gave me my first piano lesson when I was 8 years old, beginning our 44-year friendship. Her piano teacher was taught by Franz Liszt.

In April 2015, I visited Margriet in Melbourne, Australia and invited her to play something with me on her two grand pianos. Improvising as a classically trained pianist was out of her comfort zone, but she willingly agreed.

She said, “I’ll do it with you as long as you stay in the key”, to which I replied, “I’ll start in A Minor”.

The qualitative and emotional characteristics of the key of A minor are said to be tender, thoughtful, reverent, womanly, graceful, and capable of soothing.

This was the perfect key for us to start in. It was a significant full circle moment where I, as the student now an adult, lead the teacher in an improvised spontaneous creation. It would be the last time I saw her.

Thank you Margriet, for being my greatest inspiration.

Margriet Pendavingh
10 April 1931~28 November 2015
Amstelveen, Holland : Melbourne, Australia