David Hicken ~ The Classical Crossover Pianist

Albums

Portrait of a Pianist

by David Hicken

Released 2017
Enchanting Music
Released 2017
Enchanting Music
If you enjoyed "The Art Of Piano" and "Stories Of You", this album is a blend of the two styles from those albums. Romantic and melodic compositions such as "Magdalena" are juxtaposed with the fiery nature "Repercussions" and "Valhalla".
NOTES
Upon completion of "The Art Of Piano", I continued writing and releasing new music on YouTube, and this album was completed over the course of eight months. I delved into a more baroque style with "Espionage" and incorporated elements of Rachmaninov into "Mendacium". I decided to balance the music with slower pieces such as "Delia" and "Magdalena" and even included one arrangement that was completed a year and a half earlier of "Canon In D …
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The Art of Piano

Released 2016
Enchanting Music
Released 2016
Enchanting Music
This album is full of epic piano solos that blend classical, contemporary and film genres. They were released one at a time as YouTube videos which allowed me to guage the feedback from listeners and then continue writing according to what they liked.
NOTES
This album is unusual in that everything is fast and loud. Usually, a pianist will strive to have contrast on an album, not only in the way of genre, but style and mood also. This CD throws that idea out the window. As soon as I released "Incantation" as a YouTube video, I could see that people really enjoyed this driving and exciting style of music, so I continued to write more. My fans on …
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Stories of You

Released 2016
Enchanting Music
Released 2016
Enchanting Music
"Stories of You" is a love story which represents a range of experiences from first meeting someone, spending a day with them, getting to know them, going on vacation with them as well as everything in between. It is a true reflection of my heart.
NOTES
Like so much of my music, this album seemed to write itself. It is about a real relationship, and all of the pieces came from my heart. I always pour passion into my compositions, but this album certainly contains the most love that I have ever put into music.

Serenity: The Best of David Hicken

Released 2014
Enchanting Music
Released 2014
Enchanting Music
Many fans would often ask "which of your three piano albums should I buy?" Although they're all a little different, I decided to make a compilation of the most popular tracks from "Goddess", "Angels" and "Faeries" and have them remastered.
NOTES
After performing the music from "Goddess", "Angels" and "Faeries" for several years, I had a good idea as to which pieces were the most popular, but I also took a look at the download statistics from my website as well as iTunes and Amazon. The sixteen tracks on this album were the most downloaded and requested, and so I had them remastered. I paid attention to the order in which they appear on the album, …
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Carols of Christmas

Released 2013
Enchanting Music
Released 2013
Enchanting Music
This album contains 11 arrangements of well-known carols, including "The Bell Carol" - an arrangement of "Carol of the Bells". I also included one original piece - "Christmas in Tettenhall" is named after the village in which I grew up.
NOTES
Although I had already released a Christmas organ album, I wanted to follow it up with an album of carols for solo piano. I completed the album rather quickly, and each piece took just one or two days to complete. I enjoyed writing all of these arrangements and one of my favorites is "Silent Night", especially because it contains one of my absolute favorite carols "Still, still still". I almost didn't write an arrangement of "…
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Faeries

Released 2008
Enchanting Music
Released 2008
Enchanting Music
This album is slightly more classical in nature than the previous two. Influences of Liszt can be heard in "Rhoslyn" as well as Schumann in "Lorelle" and "Oberon". "Ellette" is featured during the closing credits of the "Bell Carol" video
NOTES
I really enjoyed composing the music for this album, and it came quickly and easily to me. I chose to use the old-fashioned spelling "Faeries" rather than the modern "Fairies" because I am a traditionalist at heart. It was fun to research the names of Faeries found in myths and folklore of various cultures throughout the world. Many of the names are eastern European, and I think that may be one of the reasons why …
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Angels

Released 2007
Enchanting Music
Released 2007
Enchanting Music
This follow-up album to "Goddess" features music that is more cinematic as well as slightly more classical. The pieces here are very melodic and took longer to compose than the music for "Goddess".
NOTES
I am particularly fond of this album, and it contains some of my favorite tracks. Portions of the music from "Goddess" and "Faeries" is based upon improvisations, however this album is not. Each piece was carefully crafted, and I worked to make each piece as melodic as possible. This CD along with "Goddess" and "Faeries" became very popular with massage therapists and Reiki practitioners. They certainly have a very soothing and calming effect on the …
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Goddess

Released 2007
Enchanting Music
Released 2007
Enchanting Music
All of the tracks on this album are named after Goddesses of various religions and cultures. Each one is melodic and soothing and reflects the state that I was in when I wrote them - overlooking the Pacific ocean from my studio in Hawaii.
NOTES
I was particularly inspired when I wrote this album, and I simply allowed the music to flow from my fingers. Some people wonder why the music for Ishtar (a Babylonian warrior goddess) is so mellow, but all I can say is that I must have tapped in to her spirit on one of her good days! Similarly, Pele - the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes has a softer piece attributed to her, and yet …
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A Christmas Pastorale

Released 1999
Laserlight Records, Los Angeles
Released 1999
Laserlight Records, Los Angeles
Recorded on the same organ as "Symphony Gothique" I made sure to include some of the most well-known and beloved carols as well as some pretty cool arrangements.
NOTES
When I was a boy in England, I would occasionally go to antique shops to see if they had any old organ music. I would often leave the shops with boxes full of music - some of which was over a hundred years old. One of these old books happened to be full of arrangements of Christmas carols by great 19th century organists, and some of those arrangements can be heard on this album.

Symphony Gothique

Released 1998
Laserlight Records, Los Angeles
Released 1998
Laserlight Records, Los Angeles
After performing a Guilmant organ concerto with the Weschester Symphony Orchestra, I was asked by Loyola Marymount University to record a CD on the organ in their chapel. This led to a record contract with Laserlight for two albums.
NOTES
After spending some time at the organ in Sacred Heart Chapel, I developed a program of organ works that I felt best demonstrated the strengths of the instrument. I wanted a well-balanced program that covered everything from the baroque to romantic eras. I've always been fond of the Vivaldi/Bach concerto, but my favorite track on this album is Symphony No. 5.

The Shadow of Youth

Released 1992
Prestige Records, London
Released 1992
Prestige Records, London
My second album featured some darker tracks as well as more romantic tracks with richer and fuller orchestration. Many of the compositions were based upon events that were happening in my life at the time.
NOTES
I continued to use Korg instruments for this album because I preferred their sounds, and found the keyboards to be much easier to use than many others. I also had several Korg sound modules such as the O3RW and Wavestation SR. Additionally, I used a Kurzeweil K2000, a Roland S-550 sampler (a nightmare to use) and my 3-manual Viscount digital church organ. Some of the wind parts were performed on a Yamaha MIDI wind …
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The Final Toccata

Released 1990
President Records, London
Released 1990
President Records, London
My debut album was released when I was nineteen, and included some of my very first compositions. The use of sequencers allowed me to experiment with a variety of sounds as well as the blending of genres, although classical influences are certainly evident.
NOTES
I used Korg instruments to record this album - the M1, T3 and 7100 digital piano. Everything was sequenced using the internal 8-track sequencers in both the M1 and T3 which were synced together to give a total of 16 tracks. It was particularly challenging to work on tiny digital displays with only a couple of lines of text, but the main challenge was running out of polyphony. (This means that the instruments struggled to play back …
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