Gentleman Bailey was written in memory of composer and pianist Darla Bower’s faithful canine companion Bailey, who succumbed to illness in December, 2018. It is a fitting tribute to “the sweetest and gentlest dog” Bower ever owned. The plaintive melodic theme, played in the deep lower register of the piano, alternates with a short section of undulating, open intervals, and the piece ends with a gentle ascension into the upper registers of the instrument. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the piece seems almost too short – just like the lives of our cherished pets. Truly a gem, this is music worthy of repeated hearings. Very highly recommended!

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