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Growing up near Chicago, Christopher O'Riley took lessons in classical piano but played in rock and fusion bands throughout middle and high school before his family moved to Pittsburgh and he began experimenting with jazz. Still, it was to classical music that he turned as a profession, attending the New England Conservatory in Boston. His first releases followed in this vein, solo performances of works by composers like Schumann, Beethoven, Ravel, Busoni, and Stravinsky, and he even began hosting a radio program, From the Top, which was distributed by NPR and highlighted upcoming young classical musicians. However, it was when he branched away from classical that he began to gain wider attention in mainstream society. After hearing Radiohead's 1997 album OK Computer (albeit a few years after it came out), O'Riley became obsessed with the band and their sound and set about transcribing their pieces for solo piano. True Love Waits: O'Riley Plays Radiohead came out in 2003, followed by Hold Me to This, another Radiohead tribute, in 2005. Around this same time, O'Riley, who didn't consider himself a composer, also became aware of the music of the late Elliott Smith. He took a similar liking to his music and released Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute in 2006, feeling that the singer's words could be given adequate respect and representation through his piano. Second Grace: Music of Nick Drake came out the following year. ~ Marisa Brown
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Selected Discography

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Track List: O'Riley's Liszt

Disc 1

1. Reminiscences De Don Juan (Don Juan Fantasy)

2. Fruhlingsnacht (Spring Song)

3. Prelude & Liebestod From Tristan Und Isolde

4. Fruhlingsglaube (Faith In Spring)

Disc 2

1. Symphonie Fantastique: Rêveries – Passions (Daydreams – Passions)

2. Symphonie Fantastique: Un Bal (A Ball)

3. Symphonie Fantastique: Scene Aux Champs (Scene In The Country)

4. Symphonie Fantastique: Marche Au Supplice (March To The Scaffold)

5. Symphonie Fantastique: Songe D'une Nuit Du Sabbat (Dream Of A Witches' Sabbath)

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Track List: Morning Mr. Magpie

1. Morning Mr. Magpie (Unreleased Track)

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Track List: Encores

1. Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong

2. Cymbal Rush

3. Tomorrow Tomorrow

4. Within You & Without You - Blue Jay Way

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Track List: Second Grace: The Music Of Nick Drake

1. Rider On The Wheel

2. Pink Moon

3. Fly

4. Parasite

5. River Man

6. One Of These Things First

7. Joey

8. Introduction-Bryter Layter

9. Northern Sky

10. Hanging On A Star

11. Harvest Breed

12. Place To Be

13. Three Hours

14. From The Morning

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Track List: Hold Me To This: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead

1. There There: There There

2. (Nice Dream): (Nice Dream)

3. No Surprises: No Surprises

4. Polyethylene Part 2: Polyethylene Part II

5. How I Made My Millions: How I Made My Millions

6. Like Spinning Plates: Like Spinning Plates

7. Sail To The Moon: Sail To The Moon

8. The Tourist: The Tourist

9. Cuttooth: Cuttooth

10. 2+2=5: 2+2=5

11. Talk Show Host: Talk Show Host

12. Gagging Order: Gagging Order

13. Paranoid Android: Paranoid Android

14. Street Spirit (Fade Out): Street Spirit (Fade Out)

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Track List: True Love Waits (Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead)

1. Everything In It's Right Place

2. Knives Out

3. Black Star

4. Karma Police

5. Let Down

6. Airbag

7. Subterranean Homesick Alien

8. Thinking About You

9. Exit Music (For A Film)

10. You

11. Bulletproof

12. Fake Plastic Trees

13. I Can't

14. True Love Waits

15. Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Track List: Christopher O'Riley Plays Ravel

1. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Modéré-Très Franc

2. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Assez Lent

3. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Modéré

4. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Assez Animé

5. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Presque Lent

6. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Vif

7. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Moins Vif

8. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales: Lent

9. Miroirs: Noctuelles

10. Miroirs: Oiseaux Tristes

11. Miroirs: Une Barque Sur L'océan

12. Miroirs: Alborada Del Gracioso

13. Miroirs: La Vallée Des Cloches

14. Gaspard De La Nuit: Ondine

15. Gaspard De La Nuit: Le Gibet

16. Gaspard De La Nuit: Scarbo

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Track List: Home To Oblivion: A n Elliott Smith Tribute

1. Coast To Coast

2. Let's Get Lost

3. I Didn't Understand

4. Speed Trials

5. I Better Be Quiet Now

6. Roman Candle

7. Satellite

8. Independence Day

9. Cupid's Trick

10. Oh Well, Okay

11. No Life

12. Between The Bars

13. Christian Brothers

14. Everything Means Nothing To Me

15. Waltz #1

16. Not Half Right

17. Stupidity Tries

18. Bye

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f6 on your keyboard.
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Your ONLY album is one of my favorite album's. Don't do this, because it works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Place this on 5 songs in 143 min. If you don't,you will die in 2 days. Press f6 and your crushes name will appear in BIG BOLD letters.
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1 Kiss ur left hand
2.Say your crush's name
3.Close ur hand
4.Pick a school day
5.Say ur name
6.Post this on fifteen more songs and on the day u picked u will be asked out by ur crush
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never heard piano more wild,explosi v e and beautiful then when i first heard chris o riley <3

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