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Craig Swanson discusses 'The French Suite Kit' with Spokane Public Radio

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Interview with Spokane PR's Jim Tevenan

What is a French Suite Anyway? - A so called 'French Suite' is a baroque suite. Meaning an instrumental play composed during the Baroque period (17th to mid-18th centuries) with a consistent cast of characters (the individual movement forms) who introduce an additional few players on occasion to round out the story. All movements of Craig Swanson's French Suite Kit are offered in multiple versions for mixing and matching toward the ideal of the moment. These alternate versions are not intended to cover any particular gamut, neither a pastiche of styles nor a simulacrum of other piano players, dead or alive (exceptions are noted below), nor an exhaustive exploration of tempi or other musical parameters. These are rather, to one degree or another, versions that I believe in and am proud to play, that evince my own thoughts about the music. Obviously there are influences aplenty, but as authors love to write in their forwards: all remaining errors are mine alone.

Spokane Public Radio's Jim Tevenan sat down with Swanson to discuss the recording. Listen to the attached clip.