Patricia Holmberg has a rich history as a composer, pianist, lyricist, and singer who recently completed a 12-minute composition for Glass Harp, Piano, and Orchestra titled "Water Suite." She has also written a concerto for Jazz Piano and Concert Band and composed cantatas and other choral, vocal, operatic, and orchestral works. Pat's music has been featured in shows on the History Channel, Bravo Channel (Funniest Movie Moments), NBC, A&E Biography (Dean Martin), MTV (Made), E! Network (Gastineau Girls), Biography Channel (The Writers: Sylvia Plath), and others.
Patricia Holmberg has taught piano in Boulder, Colorado, for many years and is currently working on a commission for a flute ensemble piece. Her music also has been featured on the Discovery Channel (Separating Twins), ABC (Shorts: Animals Around Us), and the Travel Channel (Stranded with Cash, Peters), to name a few.
Earlier in her career, Pat performed with jazz combos and dance bands, and has released seven CDs, including Boulder Rags and also 27 Ragtime Miniatures, Mountain Images, Jazz Images, Hymns We All Remember, Hymns We All Remember 2, Christmas in the Rockies, and here on our site one of her most fun albums, which consists of 15 heartwarming tracks on her Songs for Seniors, written with her friend and lyricist, the late Maria Rogers.
Pat has also served as Artist- and Composer-in-Residence at Boulder's First Presbyterian Church, and presented numerous piano recitals during the last 20 years at Boulder Public Library. Her music shares a piano mastery developed in rich and traditional ways in a warm and loving community, sitting in the middle of one of America's most gorgeous areas, the beautiful and inspirational Colorado Rockies.
Exciting improvised piano solo with lush melody. From the Mountain Images CD about the beauty and majesty of sunsets in the Colorado Rockies. Could set an emotional scene for romance, discovery or travel along mountain roads or seashores. Gets a little edgy, great for a trailer, cue or soap opera. Instrumental, New Age Music, Nature
Tchaikovsky was very clever at picking up the flavor of different nationalities in some of the music he wrote. This is a simple, short acoustic piano piece which is spirited and has a strong melody, and reflects a happy, perhaps beer-drinking, lederhosen clad crowd doing folk dances. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
For acoustic piano, this is from Tchaikovsky's "Album for the Young". It has a very distinctive melody and style - reflecting a fabulous understanding of Italy's folk music. You could hear it being played on the street by an accordion player, although it was written for piano. Simple, uncomplicated. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mazurkas have their roots in gypsy music, and often are in the minor mode and seem to flit from sadness to a joyful quality, all with the same underlying steady beat. Chopin wrote many mazurkas for solo acoustic piano. This one by Tchaikovsky has a distinctive melody and typical mazurka rhythms. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
For acoustic piano, this is a short, simple piece. However, in true Tchaikovsky fashion, it has a very distinctive, lovely melody, as well as some quietly moving parts under that melody which go together to make some lush, wonderful sounds. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Another of Tchaikovsky's memorable melodies is in this piece for acoustic piano. It captures the flavor of an Italian song.... one that maybe would be heard played by an accordion on the streets of Naples. It is short, simple and graceful. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
We all know that Tchaikovsky's most well-known work is the Nutcracker Suite. It is full of lovely, memorable melodies, engaging rhythms & lush harmonies. What is not so well-known is the vast array of short, simple piano pieces which he wrote. This is one of those-flowing, minor & distinctly French. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
A simple, singable, lovely melody here, flowing on top of an off-beat rhythmic pattern underneath. This is an acoustic piano piece from Tchaikovsky's "Children's Album". It is beautiful and memorable in its simplicity. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky's most famous waltz is "Waltz of the Flowers" from the Nutcracker Suite. This is a close second in making you want to put on your dancing shoes. It is lively and uplifting. Short, simple and for acoustic piano alone. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
This is an old American song which was commonly sung at sing-alongs - before tv became the evening's entertainment - back when almost every home had at least an old upright piano and people would gather around in the evenings and sing together as the designated piano player accompanied them. Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
Descriptive of a bubbling creek played by woodwinds, which then gives way to a catchy syncopated melody played by the glass harp. This is upbeat and cheerful all the way through. Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
This starts out with pizzicato strings, as raindrops. They become more intense, and then other instruments join until it develops into a huge storm. It then calms down before the quiet ending. Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
In contrast to the first movement of this suite - Spring Creek - this is descriptive of the Colorado river. The Colorado is a big river, and so moves slower than a small creek. It is massive, and I have tried to convey that quiet strength in sound. Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
The theme song of the Yale University a cappella singing group by the same name, which still exists today, is played here on acoustic piano without lyrics - you supply those lyrics in your own mind as you listen to this nostalgic bit of early 20th century Americana, played with sensitivity and style, Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
This is a World War 1 song - played here on acoustic piano without lyrics. The melody was widely known at the time and for many years later - it has a tenderness and nostalgia which comes through in this performance. Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
A familiar hymn tune which has words doing homage to God's hand in creating all the beautiful places in nature on the planet. However, this is an instrumental only track - you can mentally supply the words as you listen to the lovely melody and acoustic piano improvisation upon it. Instrumental, Spiritual Music, Christian Hymns
A strong, flowing, energetic take on this familiar hymn is played here on acoustic piano. It has a triumphant, majestic feeling, and is sure to raise your
spirits. Instrumental, Spiritual Music, Christian Hymns
Elegant, soaring improvised piano solo showing the beauty of the Colorado Rockies. From the "Mountain Images" CD, it's an inspirational and delicate melody that builds. Sun coming up, snow-covered peaks, a roaring fire, romance, watching snow fall. Rich lifestyles, lush, high end ad campaigns. Instrumental, New Age Music, Nature
Christmas classic on solo piano. Warm, tender and joyful. Sweet traditional beloved holiday song, beautiful for family and kids, scenes of mom and dad wrapping presents, snow falling, tender moments of family and friends celebrating the beautiful season. Documentary, PBS special, film, TV. Instrumental, Christmas Music, Christmas Piano
This is in the old "stride-piano" style, and an old favorite which was often heard in sing-alongs previous to 1950. A period song and period style of playing, which is fun and uplifting. Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
Ragtime piano, toe-tapping, fun, upbeat, cheerful, reminiscent of the "roaring twenties" in American history before the Depression. Lively and certain to raise a person's spirits. Instrumental, Jazz Music, Ragtime
A familiar and loved old hymn tune is presented here on acoustic piano. Lovingly and imaginatively played, it gives you a chance to supply the words in your own mind. A great reminder of the truths of faith. Instrumental, Spiritual Music, Christian Hymns
This is a period niche from the 1920's. Not exactly ragtime or jazz, it is termed a 'novelty' tune. There is a definite beat, and like ragtime, it is upbeat, toe-tapping and fun. Picture the flapper era, in the happy optimistic time in the USA between the First World War and the depression. Instrumental, Jazz Music, Novelty Jazz