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.
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 is one of the most familiar of Mozart's piano sonatas. Almost everyone has heard at least the first part of this sonata - it has one of those unforgettable melodies. Definitely from the classical period, it has that melody on top, with an accompanying pattern on the bottom. Instrumental, Classical Music, Classical Period, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Elegant improvised piano solo with lush melody. From the Mountain Images CD about the beauty of listening to rainfall in a ski resort by a roaring fire. Romance, true love, sweetness, emotional scenes between lovers. Gets a little edgy, too, perhaps a build-up to action or emotions. Instrumental, New Age Music, Nature
This is a short, simple, two-line piece in the minor mode. There is definite melodic direction here, and it goes into the major mode for a short time in the middle, then settling back into minor. It is warm, comforting and uncomplicated - beautiful in its simplicity, Instrumental, Classical Music, Baroque Period
An energetic piece for acoustic piano in ABA form. The A sections are similar (the second one having more embellishing notes than the first), and are tonal, with a strong melodic line. The B section is quite different and more jazz oriented. Full chords moving quickly in jazz rhythms. Instrumental, New Age Music, Atmospheres
Beautiful and strong music -- really exciting! Solo acoustic piano with strong jazz influences in the harmonic and rhythmic structures. From the first note to the last, you may find yourself tapping your toes and swaying a bit to the left and right. Instrumental, Classical Music, 21st Century
This is a short, simple acoustic piano track Schumann wrote for his children, depicting soldiers marching, exactly as the title says. It is energetic and rhythmic and just the perfect tempo for marching. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Robert Schumann
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
Fur Elise is one of the most well-known of all of Beethoven's piano compositions. It is a beloved melody by one of the world's best composers of memorable melodies. It moves along rather quickly throughout. 2 contrasting sections are interspersed between the three statements of that famous melody. Instrumental, Classical Music, Classical Period, Ludwig van Beethoven
This has two section - the first pretty energetic and the last one is quite mellow with a nice melody and flowing accompaniment underneath. Good steady toe-tapping beat and tends to make listeners happy. Instrumental, Jazz Music, Ragtime
The six tracks on this album entitled "Mountain Images" are descriptive of places in the Colorado Rockies. They are all for solo acoustic piano - no other instruments, Instrumental, New Age Music, Nature
A simple, rather poignant and haunting melody played on acoustic piano. The middle section picks up a bit in tempo and has hints of jazz/ragtime - then back to a repeat of the slower, more meditative beginning. Instrumental, Classical Music, 21st Century
Composed for acoustic piano, this has strong jazz influences in the harmonic and rhythmic structures. Strong melodies. Conflicting mood descriptions are because there are different parts in this piece. Instrumental, Classical Music, 21st Century
The six tracks on this album entitled "Mountain Images" are descriptive of places in the Colorado Rockies. They are all for solo acoustic piano. The music is free form, non-structured, totally improvised. Some rich harmonies, driving rhythms, and also simple melodic lines. Different moods. Instrumental, New Age Music, Nature
Chopin composed primarily for the piano, and we have him to thank for some of the most memorable melodies ever written. Dubbed the "poet of the piano", he used those 88 keys in ways that were different than anything done before. This is a short piece; very simple and graceful. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Frederic Chopin
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
This slow movement of the familiar Mozart sonata is melodic, soothing, and calming. It has interesting harmonic changes..... goes into the minor mode for a while.... then back to the major mode, ending cheerfully. Instrumental, Classical Music, Classical Period, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Short, staccato and upbeat, this is another of Schumann's compositions for children. This is supposed to depict a wild horseman, true to the title, and keeps up the energy throughout. Rhythmic and quick. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Robert Schumann
This is the first movement by composer Carlos Seixas (1704-1742). He was living and composing in Portugal at the same time that Bach (Germany) Handel (England) and Scarlatti (Italy) were doing the same. His music is clearly Baroque, but refreshingly different from those other three. Instrumental, Classical Music, Classical Piano
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
An acoustic piano piece with a simple melody on top and descending chromatic chord progressions below. It is a short piece, but in that short time there is a definite surging to the dramatic, high point which then gradually lets down to a quiet close. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Frederic Chopin
Beautiful solo acoustic piano with strong jazz influences in the harmonic and rhythmic structures. Captivating from the first note to the last, this jazzy composition will win your heart and take you to new places with great finesse. Light and upbeat, this is high-spirited music at its best! Instrumental, Classical Music, 21st Century
A ragtime piano piece about which one listener recently said: “First time I am hearing "Davidson Mesa Looking West", smooth, skillful and classy. Puts me in a happy mood.” This is definitely a fun, cheerful, toe-tapping track. Instrumental, Jazz Music, Ragtime
This acoustic piano track actually is reminiscent of Bach's C Major Prelude from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier. It has fast moving arpeggiated notes which move through interesting chord progressions. The texture is consistent throughout, and the melody is pleasant and singable. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Robert Schumann
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
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
This is a simple, lovely, tender piece for acoustic piano. Robert Schumann and his wife Clara (the world's first woman concert pianist) had eight children, and this is one of many that he wrote for his children to listen to and to play. This one portrays a wonderfully innocent view of the world. Instrumental, Classical Music, Romantic Period, Robert Schumann