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David Lanz . By Sarah Bailey . David Lanz. Born June 28 th , 1950 in Seattle Washington Connection to Music Mother Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole First Song Age 10 “I never quit writing, through my teens and into my 20s and 30s.” - San Antonio Express-News.

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david lanz

David Lanz

By Sarah Bailey


David Lanz

  • Born June 28th, 1950 in Seattle Washington
  • Connection to Music
        • Mother
        • Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole
  • First Song
    • Age 10
    • “I never quit writing, through my teens and into my 20s and 30s.”
      • - San Antonio Express-News
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David Lanz

Teen Years

  • “The Towne Cryers.”
      • 1956 Seattle Teen Fair
        • High School
          • Composingon the side
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David Lanz

Early Work

  • After Graduation
    • Piano Bars
      • Requests
  • Seminar
    • Requests
      • Heartsounds
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David Lanz


  • Grammy nominated New Age pianist
    • “Contemporary Instrumental”
  • 22 Albums
    • Cristofori's Dream
      • Bartolomeo Cristofori
      • No. 1 on Billbords for 27 weeks.
            • 1993 was certified gold.
return to the heart
Return to the Heart
  • Published in 1991 by Narada
    • Return to the Heart
  • “My most personal song."4
  • Written during the reunion of his second wife and her daughter that she gave up for adoption.
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Return to the Heart


00:00 Opening statement, the main theme is introduced. This piece is a polyphonic, triple meter, with simple division, and its contour is an arch.

00:08 Main theme is repeated with variation I being introduced.

00:17 Theme II is introduced. Base clef takes Variation I while the treble clef continues on with theme II.

00:25 Interlude between phrases starts and just before the end it crescendos. There is a whole rest and a low note is played to resolve the dissonance created by the build. The melody is played by the treble clef higher registry and the harmony is played by lower.

00:36 Key change and the main theme repeats. Harmony continues.

00:52 Theme II is played again with variation I.

01:00 Interlude is repeated and crescendos.

01:08 Everything comes together in a climax. Harmony continues. In this phrase there is a descending contour in the music of the chords that are played in the higher

registry, ending with an arpeggio.

1:22 Imitation of a descending contour occurs between the high registry and the lower.

01:30 Climax diminuendos

  • Return to the Heart
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Return to the Heart

Listening continued

  • Return to the Heart
  • 01:54 Main theme repeats with harmony.
  • 02:02 Main theme with variation I
  • 02:13Theme II with harmony repeats and crescendo at the end
  • 02:21 Theme III is introduced. This theme has harmony in it and the notes in the lower registry are emphasized more. This creates a nice syncopation when the melody returns to the higher registry of notes.
  • 02:34 a trill of the notes brings in a repeat of theme III
  • 02:51 Main theme joins back in
  • 03:04 Main theme repeats in a different octave, diminuendos until the final cadence a chord with a slightly arpeggio.
dream of the forgotten children
Dream of the Forgotten Children
  • Published in 1991 by Narada
    • Return to the Heart
  • Donates all royalties to the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C.
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Dream of the Forgotten Children


Dream of the Forgotten Child

00:00 Opening statement starts out soft and crescendos with an ascending form. The meter is quadruple with, simple division. Throughout the piece the continuous repetition of ascending split chords in the bass clef carries the driving pulse.

00:16 Melody is introduced, opening theme I.

00:30 Theme I is repeated. At the ending of the phrase harmony is added.

00:46 Theme I is repeated in a lower registry. The cadence of the theme includes a trill of the keys.

01:00 Theme II begins and adds includes harmony.

01:13 Theme III . In this phrase there are crescendos and decrescendos with the ascending and descending melody.

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Dream of the Forgotten Children

Listening continued

Dream of the Forgotten Child

01:30 Syncopated rhythm in the melody.

01:40 piano dynamics. Melody phrase repeats twice.

01:57 Key change to minor. Same melody phrase repeats twice more with the cadence on the second ending in a trill. Crescendos as the form descends.

02:13 Theme I with harmony

02:30 Theme II

02:40 Theme III

02:55 Ascending phrase of theme III

03:01 descending transition of theme III

03:12 Theme III repeats

03:24 Ascending phrase of theme III repeats

03:30 descending phrase of theme III repeats and adds a second and third cadence of the phrase.

03:57 Slower final descending phrase with ascending arpeggio cadence.

cristofori s dream
Cristofori's Dream
  • Released in 1988 by Narada
    • Cristofori's Dream
  • Dedicated to BartolomeoCristofori
  • No. 1 on Billbords charts

1993 was certified gold.

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Cristofori's Dream


  • 00:00 the piece opens with repeated ascending arpeggios. It is a duple meter, with compound division. Introduction repeats twice and adds lower notes played by strings on second phrase ending with a pause.
  • 00:24 Theme I starts while the piano repeats ascending arpeggios and the strings continue one note per measure. The phrase ends with a pause.
  • 00:45 Theme I repeats with harmony and strings playing. The cadence of this phrase includes a rapid arpeggio of the last chord followed by a pause.
  • 01:06 Theme II, melody only, no strings.
  • 01:23 Theme II repeats in a lower registry ending with a slower ascending cadence.
  • 01:33 Strings join
  • 01:41 Theme II with harmony. Oboe playing contrapuntal melody.
  • 02:01 Theme II repeats with harmony, strings and Oboe
  • 02:12 Theme III strings
  • 02:30 Key change and repeat of theme III. Strings join the melody.
  • 02:37 Theme III continues with harmony added by piano and strings including a pause before next theme
  • 02:55 Theme II with strings playing a contrapuntal melody.
  • 03:04 Oboe joins theme II playing a contrapuntal melody.
  • Cristofori's Dream
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Cristofori's Dream

Listening continued

  •  03:12 Variation of theme II with faster notes and accelerando and crescendo transitioning to theme III
  • 03:21 Theme III forte with harmony. Strings are playing accompaniment notes.
  • 03:38 Key change and repeat of theme III with strings joining melody.
  • 03:50 Augmented theme elements to bridge
  • 04:00 Key change
  • 04:05Ritardando of the notes ascending, Leading into a climax of theme III repeat
  • 04:08 Repeat of theme III. Strings join melody and harmony.
  • 04:21 ascending notes to an octave higher in theme III. Strings play melody. Slows and diminuendo.
  • 04:40 three single note lead into repeat of introduction.
  • 04:51 Theme I repeats
  • 04:59 Harmony added then slows and diminuendos to a pause.
  • 05:12 Theme I returns to original tempo in upper registry with strings playing contrapuntal melody.
  • 05:38 strings fade and triangle added playing melody while registry continues to rise until cadence. Music slows at the end of the phrase.
  • 05:53 Arpeggio cadence.
  • Cristofori's Dream
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David Lanz


Continues to compose

“My goal is to create entertainment that also provides enlightenment.“ 5

Recently released

  • Re-imagining the Beatles
            • Liverpool

David Lanz Official Website, http://www.davidlanz.com (January 15, 2003).




The David Lanz Collection, Published by Hal Leonard Corporation; Otab edition (January 1, 1992)