"Mark Birnbaum's Dreamland: Piano Gems Circa 1903"
American. All were creatively active around the same time, the
early twentieth century. All composed in the larger forms - symphonies,
concertos, and operas. They are celebrated for their piano miniatures;
miniatures but in no way small. In this genre they share, besides the time, a
common trait: they were all masters.
Composer-pianist Mark Birnbaum has no problem with crossovers. With a doctorate
in music from Columbia University, he graduated into keeping ragtime alive in
nightclubs in the New York City metropolitan area and serving as staff pianist
on the popular Joe Franklin television show.