Piano Sonorities

Music By Betty R. Wishart

Betty R. Wishart composer
Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi piano

Release Date: March 11, 2016
Catalog #: RR7929
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental

On her debut release on Ravello Records, PIANO SONORITIES, composer Betty R. Wishart presents a collection of her solo piano works, performed by award-winning pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, which highlights the composer’s use of distinctive harmonic structures, tension, and space.

In many of Wishart’s works including Toccata II, Toccata III, Sonata, and Night Visions, the composer employs the intervals of seconds, fourths, and sevenths to create melodic and harmonic material which unifies the style of her writing while creating a variety of colors and textures throughout the album. Variations on a Folk Melody is based on a straight-forward pentatonic hymn-like tune, delivering twelve variations that explore polytonality, contrapuntal devices, and diverse pianistic possibilities. Works such as Remembrance, Sonata (“the Kohinoor”), and Sonata II are expressive works that depict an exploration of the human condition, discussing loss and grief, as well as contemplation, doubt, and resolution.


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Artist Information

Betty R. Wishart


Betty R. Wishart and music are synonymous. Her earliest memories involve singing in church choirs and playing the piano. She was introduced to contemporary music while studying with Richard Bunger at Queens University. At the end of her junior year, she wrote her first composition, submitted it to a music fraternity and was invited to perform a mini-recital of her music at their international conference. That event inspired her to continue composing while earning an M.M. degree in piano performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While pursuing further study in piano and composition in New York City, she accepted and won a challenge from a writer to see who could get published first.

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi


Jeri-­Mae G. Astolfi is a Canadian-­born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide). Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works—music that has been featured on live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records, Innova Recordings, Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection, Ravello Records, as well as various recordings for the Society  of Composers Inc. Performers Recording Series.