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.
This rather short piece from Tchaikovsky's 'Album for the Young' is descriptive of a bird chirping. With that little 'chirping' motif, that master composer creates a melody which continues throughout, with only a few measures that are a little different. Instrumental, Classical, Romantic, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
When listening to this, you can picture folk-dancers in costume moving in time to the beat. While this is in 3/4 time, it does not sound like a waltz - in the middle section there are some off-beat accents that give it a different flavor. Instrumental, Classical, Romantic, Edvard Grieg
This andante second movement, has a compelling melodic line, moves rather slowly but with an inner strength, and takes you on a short journey through a calm and serene simplicity into a strong dramatic moment and then back down to calm. Instrumental, Classical, Classical
This is one of the best known and loved Christian hymns - probably because of the message of hope that its lyrics convey. This is an instrumental - piano - version. It is played using some rich harmonic structures which elevate it beyond the usual. Instrumental, Spiritual, Christian Hymns
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, Americana
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, Americana
A nice warm melody on this track, combined with the title makes one wonder if perhaps Schumann was thinking of this wife at the time. Their love story is one of the most famous in music history, and certainly she would have played this piece. Instrumental, Classical, Romantic, Robert Schumann
This is one of some piano pieces I'm writing to honor close friends - both deceased and living. I've tried to capture in sound unique characteristics of them. Marshia had an infectious laugh, which I have tried to show in the middle part of this piece. First & last parts are more mellow & flowing. Instrumental, Classical, 21st Century
Melodic and with warmth, this track exudes a calm strength - unhurried and confident. There is a more tumultuous part in the middle, and then it sinks back into the same quiet feeling of the beginning. Instrumental, Classical, Classical, Ludwig van Beethoven
This is a melodically-driven acoustic piano piece, with a strong and consistent rhythmic pattern underneath that melody, which is actually singable. Nice lush jazz-type chord progressions throughout. Instrumental, Classical, 21st Century
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, Americana
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, Baroque
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, 21st Century
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, Nature
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, Classical, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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, Atmospheres
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, Romantic, Robert Schumann
In Tchaikovsky's mind, this piece is descriptive of what its title says. It is expressive, building up to highs and back down again to quiet places. Short, uncomplicated and simple. Instrumental, Classical, Romantic, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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, Novelty Jazz
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, 21st Century