Neoclassical Pianist/Composer Frank Clare delivers a powerful experience with his debut album, “Admiratio Magna”

By on September 29, 2023

Neoclassical Piano Musician and Composer Frank Clare delivers a truly immersive, powerful experience with his debut album, “Admiratio Magna”. This new release is inspired by Clare’s appreciation for 19th century classical music, as well as his love of philosophy, science, and mindfulness. “Admiratio Magna” ponders significant themes like the inevitable cycle of creation and the power in stillness, all while displaying true curiosity of spirit. The depth of originality and uniqueness in Frank Clare’s compositions can be pinned down to one life decision. 

“I started piano at a late age, 15, and was never good at playing other people’s music. But I loved music and wanted to play, so I started composing.”

Musicians routinely play other people’s music for years before they write their own material. Frank Clare took the opposite, more creative approach, opting to explore through composing as soon as possible. “Admiratio Magna” benefits from this depth of attention and genuine passion for all aspects of composing. Clare takes great care to leave ample space in each composition, opting to play only what’s absolutely necessary to transmit the desired effect.

“Admiratio Magna is Latin for The Big Surprise. What blows me away is that anything exists at all. Matter. You, me. Washing machines.The Grand Canyon, the Milky Way. Chocolate croissants. Anything. everything. The Big Surprise. From nothing to everything and back again. Admiratio Magna.”.

Sonically and thematically, this album is epic, dramatic and an immersive experience for discerning listeners. 

“I use notes to make music.  I also use notes to make space to dream in. 

Part One, Vox Intus Omnia is Latin for The Voice Behind Everything. It’s inner, still, heartbeat and breath. The space between heartbeat and breath.  The verge.  

Part Two, La Grande Sorpresa is inspired by Italian opera: melodramatic, rhapsodic and grand. It’s ignition, excitement, catastrophe, and what’s left after there’s nothing left.  

Part Three, Apotheosis, starts with L’Extase, influenced by French music, creativity, frivolity, individuality, the battle between fun and responsibility, re-creation and the pure joy of being alive.  Die Apotheose is culmination, transformation, transfiguration.  Inspired by German classical music, it’s foreboding, dramatic, apocalyptic, apotheotic.  Goodbye Hello brings us back to just after the end and just before the beginning.”

Much like the promotional photos representing this release, “Admiratio Magna” has an undeniably haunting quality that demands a subtle mind to fully absorb

Stream “Admiratio Magna” on Spotify.

Musician Names/Instruments: Frank Clare/Piano 
Producer Name(s): Frank Clare  

Tracklist: 1: A Gathering of Possibilities 2: Inceptus 3: The Bells of Noumenania 4: La Grande Sorpresa 5: L’Extase 6: Die Apotheose 7: Goodbye Hello 

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Artist Biography: 
I started piano at a late age, 15, and was never good at playing other people’s music. But I loved music and wanted to play, so I started composing. My father was in the army. We moved every 2 or 3 years. I feel that all those places are part of me, and at the same time that I come from nowhere. My first love was acting, especially comedy. As a kid and young adult I loved getting up on stage and making people laugh. A lot of my music tells stories and some of it’s satirical. Parts of Admiratio Magna are satires of classical music, and at the same time it’s a tribute to classical music. I’ve written in several styles, Americana-ish, jazz-ish, punk-ish, New Wave-ish, classical-ish. I think my music is naive. I moved to Prague in 2016. I’m of Czech descent. I felt that after all the moving while growing up I could make a home where my ancestors came from. I love Prague. I love living in Europe. I’m surrounded by history, architecture, beauty. Being here influences me and helped me compose Admiratio Magna. I don’t sit down and write music. I get a idea and over time it grows. It could take a week or it could take 30 years.

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