Chris Opperman
Purple Cow Records, 2001

  1. The Jeans of R. Mattoon (October, 1999)
  2. T. Williams (May – June, 2000)
  3. Ballad for a Rainy Sunday Afternoon (February, 2000)
  4. Tunguska (July, 2000)
  5. Sophia’s Dream (March, 1997)
  6. Injun Joe! (July, 2000)
  7. Dance of the B. Pastries (November, 1994)
  8. Dodecahedron (September – October, 2000)
  9. An Anton Webern Moment (October, 2000)
    Six Little Piano Pieces
  10. I. The Metamorphic Waltz (March, 1997)
  11. II. The 11th Evening (July, 1995)
  12. III. Indifference (December, 1996)
  13. IV. Hypocrisy (June, 1996 & April, 1997)
  14. V. Leave (October, 1997)
  15. VI. Crusade (April – May, 1996)
  16. Melodious Monk (August, 2000)
  17. Hüggenkiss (September, 2000)
  18. …as if it were made of glass. (August, 1999)


Welcome to this collection of my piano music.

This music is different from my other music in that I’m incapable of hiding behind my arrangements in this medium.  That having been said, I feel that this music is beautiful and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share it with you.

Ideally, this music should be explored by yourself, or with someone you love, on a rainy October Sunday afternoon.  However, I urge you to explore this music in any manner which feels right to you.

Thank you.

Musically yours,
Chris Opperman


Air Sculptures by Tanya Smith Steel, September 1998

air sculptures black and white keys under a luminous light softly

and sweetly each sound emitted through the air the

fragrance of lilacs through a warm spring breeze he is the

creator of these


these magical notes that touch my soul brightening

my existence with vibrant colors the colors dance about me

allowing me to forget the tribulations of life as he glances at

me with a sparkle in his eye my mind is relaxed my body as

calm as a moonlit sky the sounds from his fingers fill me with joy

a joy that has now replaced sandess and despair



Chris Opperman, grand piano (all tracks)

Production Notes

Produced by Chris Opperman and Mike Keneally

“The Jeans of R. Mattoon” was recorded and mixed at Newbury Sound in Boston, MA with Steve Revilak engineering on October 5th, 1999. The rest of the album was recorded and mixed at Signature Sound with Mike Harris engineering on July 30th, October 7th-8th, and November 15th, 2000.  The album was then edited, sequenced, and mastered at Chatfield Manor by Scott Chatfield on November 18th and December 9th – 10th, 2000.

All of the photos were taken by Liz Linder at the Boston Commons in October, 1999.

Graphic design by plainsongs (Rich Pike).

Special thanks to Mike & Jesse Keneally, Scott Chatfield, Mike Harris, Steve Revilak, Utterly Richard Pike, Tanya Smith Steel, Liz Linder, Ute Friesleben, Anthony Saragueta, Lita Enriquez, my friends, and my family.

This music has been living inside my heart these past two years, and it is my pleasure to finally share it with all of you.

This album is dedicated to Gene Favatella, William Davies, and Stephanie Tiernan. They taught me how.

© 2001 Purple Cow Records. All compositions written and performed by Chris Opperman published worldwide by Phantom Moo Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication or sampling is a violation of applicable laws. Made in America.