Pedaling – Colors in Sound: Lessons and Repertoire for Elementary Piano Students by author Katherine Faricy with 20 compositions by James P. Callahan; by Mary Mark Music.
Pianist, organist, and composer James Callahan has performed in the US and Europe in numerous solo piano recitals and concerto appearances. He has appeared on KTCA-TV’s Private College Concert Series, and his recitals have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. He has been a member of the Callahan and Faricy duo piano team performing extensively throughout the upper midwest. As an organist, his performances have been broadcast on the national radio program “Pipedreams,” and Centaur released a CD of his performances of works by Oberdoerffer, Reger, Rheinberger and Schmidt. Callahan has composed over 125 works for piano, organ, orchestra, band, opera, and chamber ensembles; his works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul (MN) Chamber Orchestra, and have been published by McLaughlin-Reilly, GIA, Paraclete Press, Abingdon Press, and Beautiful Star Publishing. Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, Callahan taught piano, organ, composition, music theory, and piano literature.
Fanfare for the Eagle, for trumpet and timpani, was first heard August 13, 2008, at Lookout Park in St. Paul, MN. Response and Soundscape, a piano work written to three poems by Guantanamo detainees (Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, Abdullah Thani Faris Al Anazi, and Abdulaziz) was read by Stevie Peace and James Moore and accompanied by the composer, September 5-6, Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN. The composer and Robert Koopmann introduced the commissioned work Als in een droom for two pianos, November 22 at St. John’s University, MN.