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Piano works by Myron Silberstein; unpublished pieces by Vittorio Giannini
24 backers pledged $2,270 to help bring this project to life.

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I have been performing and recording neglected music for my whole career. There is so much music that has fallen through the cracks, in danger of being lost to history. My past two recordings have been devoted entirely to this music. What makes my new CD different is that half of it will be devoted to my own compositions -- two piano sonatas and a Prelude and Fugue. This will be the first time my music will be commercially available, so this is a huge turning point in my career as a composer!

The other half of this recording will be devoted to piano pieces and songs by Vittorio Giannini (1903-1966) -- one of America's finest twentieth-century Romantic composers. I recorded some of Giannini's published pieces in 1994, on my very first CD. Much of his work is unpublished. I discovered the manuscripts to two of the pieces I'll be recording -- they were among the papers of one of Giannini's students. No one has ever heard these pieces! I feel like an archaeologist, rediscovering history as I work on this music! And Giannini's writing is probably the biggest influence on my own, so I have a deep personal connection with his work. If you watch the video I've created for this Kickstarter campaign, you'll hear excerpts from both my music and Giannini's, and you'll hear the warmth and personal expressiveness I prize in his work and strive for in my own.

Tenor Nicholas Pulikowski will sing the two Giannini songs on this recording. You can hear him in the video, and I'm sure you'll agree that he has a special knack for Giannini's music.

We'll be recording at Joseph Patrych's studio in The Bronx. Joe was the sound engineer on my previous two CDs, both of which have gotten incredible reviews from Fanfare, the American Record Guide, and many online publications. Walter Simmons will be my producer. Walter is a respected musicologist and a true expert on Giannini's music -- his book on Giannini and five other composers is the authoritative go-to text for anyone interested in contemporary American Romantic music.

The music is in my fingers and ready to go! All I need is your help covering production costs. I've selected a variety of rewards that I hope will excite you -- and I hope you will join me in bringing this important, historic project to completion! 

Risks and challenges

The dates and personnel for this recording have been secured; however, illness or injury is always a risk and would alter the timeline for completion if it should occur. Once the recording has been edited and mastered, I will submit it to my current record label for postproduction. If the president of my label passes on the recording, or if the label were to close before the recording has been completed, I would need to find a new label, which would affect the timeline for completion.

The above-mentioned risks are highly unlikely. In addition to this Kickstarter campaign, I have also applied for grant money and have reserved personal savings to cover any unexpected production expenses.

In the happy circumstance that I raise more money than is needed to complete this project, I will reserve the extra funding to begin production on a subsequent recording of wind sonatas by Giannini along with my own wind sonatas.

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    Digital download of one live track

    Thank you! You are helping my music (and Giannini's) see the light of day. In thanks, I would love to send you a digital download of a live audio performance of one track from the program. That means you will be among the very first to hear these world premieres!

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    Three tracks & Recorded thanks

    I'm so grateful for your help as I record my new CD! I'm excited to give you access to a digital download of live audio performances of three tracks from the program. And I'm going to record a personalized thank-you voice message for you!

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    Signed CD

    Your contribution to this project is so important to its completion. I can't wait to give you a personalized, autographed copy of the CD when it comes out! I'm also going to give you access to a digital download of live audio performances of three tracks from the program, and I'll record a thank-you voice message for you too!

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    Video Track

    Wow, you're funding a really substantial portion of this project! I want you to have a video recording of a live performance of one track from the program, along with a personalized, autographed copy of the completed CD. I'm also going to give you access to a digital download of live audio performances of three tracks from the program, and I'll record a personal thank-you voice message for you!

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    Your name in CD booklet

    I can't wait to give you PUBLIC thanks for this contribution by acknowledging your contribution in the CD booklet. I'm also going to give you access to a video recording of a live performance of one track from the program, a personalized autographed copy of the completed CD, and access to a digital download of live audio performances of three tracks from the program. And I'll record a personal thank-you voice message for you!

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    Month of Piano Lessons

    I'm so thrilled at your deep commitment to supporting this project! I'd like to offer you four complimentary hour-long piano lessons with me, either in person or by Skype. Or you're welcome to transfer those lessons to a friend! Additionally, I'm going to acknowledge your contribution publicly by placing your name in the CD booklet's Special Thanks. I also want to give you access to a video recording of a live performance of one track from the program, a personalized autographed copy of the completed CD, and access to a digital download of live audio performances of three tracks from the program. And I'll record a personalized thank-you voice message for you!

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    New Composition; Five Autographed CDs

    You are a true patron of this project, and I would like to show my appreciation by dedicating one of my next compositions to you. That means that you will be listed its dedicatee on the score and in its performances and recordings. I'd also like to give you (or a friend) four complimentary hour-long piano lessons. I'm going to thank you publicly by listing your name in the CD booklet's Special Thanks. And I'd like to give you access to a video recording of a live performance of one track from the program, FIVE copies of the completed CD, autographed and dedicated to whomever you wish, and access to a digital download of live audio performances of three tracks from the program. Also, I'll record a personalized thank-you voice message for you!

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    • MP3 of personalized thank-you message
    • Signed CD
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    • Your name in CD booklet
    • Piano lesson with Myron Silberstein
    • Dedication of new composition
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    Recognition as Recording Sponsor; 10 CDs

    Your contribution has singlehandedly covered my recording costs! That means you are a Recording Sponsor, and that's how I will recognize you in the CD booklet. I would also like to dedicate one of his next compositions to you -- that means you will be listed its dedicatee on the score and in its performances and recordings. Additionally, I will give you (or a friend) four hour-long piano lessons, either in person or by Skype. Also, I will give you access to a video recording of a live performance of one track from the program, ten autographed copies of the completed CD, dedicated to whomever you wish, and access to a digital download of live audio performances of three tracks from the program. And I'll record a personal thank-you voice message!

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    • 10× Signed CD
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Funding period

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