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Contemporary piano works for recitals #1866713 03/22/12 03:33 PM
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Hello!

What are some of your favorite pieces of newer music for piano solo? I need to take on a few reasonably contemporary pieces to present alongside my more canonical works and need some suggestions. I recently performed some of Takemitsu's works from the 80s and have played Crumb's pieces. Anything interesting within the last 40 years or so would work. It just has to be memorable and impactful.

Thank you all.


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Re: Contemporary piano works for recitals [Re: stevenpn] #1866716 03/22/12 03:38 PM
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We were discussing Eliott Carter recently. I just got the score of his Two Diversions. Beautiful pieces. Another option is some Stephen Hough compositions. I also listened to Jenny Lin playing Monsalvache ( I have to check spelling). He was a Catalan composer. Very beautiful music. A mix of Debussy- like music with greater rythmic vitality for lack of better words perhaps . It would be great for your audience to discover him through you.

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If you are searching for virtuosic kinda stuff maybe this may interest you:

Kapustin (kinda jazz and classical fusion):
Etude in different intervals:


Concert Etudes Op.40 (There are 8 of them) written in the 80s i think...
Here are 3



Variations on stravinsky rite of spring (thats what ive been told it was but not sure)



Lowell Liebermann:

Gargoyles are a set of 4 pieces. I really enjoy each one of them:




By far my favourite:




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I love the Barber and Dutilleux sonatas.

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Re: Contemporary piano works for recitals [Re: stevenpn] #1866834 03/22/12 06:45 PM
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I really love Berio's six encores; pieces I can't live without!


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Re: Contemporary piano works for recitals [Re: stevenpn] #1866880 03/22/12 08:15 PM
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If we're talking the last 40 years or so, meaning 1970 to the present, here are quite a number of works you can consider:

If you like Takemitsu, try his "For Away" or "Les Yeux Clos".
Stephen Paulus has written 5 Preludes for Piano -- IMO very effective.
Carl Vine has written a dynamite Sonata for Piano NO 1
Richard Danielpour has provided "Enchanted Garden" -- a terrific set of 5 pieces.
Michael Torke has give us "Blue Pacific" -- a great "pop" solo piece.
Libby Larson has given us the "Mephisto Rag", a most amusing contemporary take on Franz Liszt's masterpiece.
In addition to "Gargoyles", Lowell Liebermann has given us his moving, heartbreaking Nocturne No 8, among others.
I really like Milton Babbitt's "The Old Order Changeth".
Jennifer Higdon has contributed the polytonal "Secret and Glass Gardens".

Really, the list goes on and on...


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Chen Yi's "Ba Ban" is an excellent work suitable for recitals. More substantial are Vine's sonatas (most people like #1.) If you like Gargoyles, then Liebermann's Nocturnes represent a softer side of the style. The Ligeti Etudes have entered the standard contemporary literature, as has Corigliano's Etude-Fantasy. In a more tonal vein is Adams' two gate pieces (Phrygian Gates and China Gates.) And there's always the clever ragtime pieces by Albright and Bolcom. (I've played the Garden of Eden Rags in recital a few times, they're great fun!)

You might also look for programs by pianists who specialize in contemporary literature. Joel Hastings, Andrew Russo, and Paul Barnes come to mind.


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Andromaque, just an aside -- for the Chicago Amateur Competition, I've programmed a Montsalvatge piece for the Semi-Final round -- "Sonatine for Yvette", which is just absolutely delightful, and one I highly recommend to your attention. I also obtained another of his piano works, "Divigacio", which I didn't program but will very likely play in a special event for those that didn't make it to the Semi-Finals (and this is MUCH more likely). A great treasure, very little known in the USA.

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Sciarrino's cool arrangement of "Singin' in the Rain" a la Ravel may be too kitschy for your needs, but it is loads of fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv9NB5oBhpI

Depending on how hard core you want to get, his more serious music is really good, too. I like his Notturno No. 4, for an example -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyTUfZgP9Mg

Boris Tishchenko's post-Shostakovich piano sonatas (Tishchenko was student of Shosty's) are well worth looking into, I think. The expansive ninth is a good one - I really like the beautiful sense of patience and care with which he works the material.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWFpZeXFcGw

For something more rambunctious and definitely impactful, there's Rodion Shchedrin's "Chastushki" (Concerto for Piano Solo). It's his own transcription of his Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 - "Naughty Limericks". The orchestral original is a bit outside your time frame, but the transcription is from 2001, so I figure that sneaks it in. Sorry about the audio quality of this live recording clip; I didn't find a better one. At least this one gives an idea of what the effect on an audience can be...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOmqRHWdZ2s




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I guess that it's ok to offer a couple of suggestions:

Intermezzo - Christos Anastassiou

I've actually performed this one live, for my diploma exams. It's a fairly difficult work and I still find it quite impressive. The recording is the video is a bit loud I think... Composed in 2001 I believe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk-FjRbyhd8

And of course

my own Perniciosus

Written in 2005, it certainly is a concert hall piece, with the toccata like second movement. And, of course, it is a difficult beast to master I believe!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grGh-U26Db4

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Originally Posted by stevenpn
Hello!

What are some of your favorite pieces of newer music for piano solo? I need to take on a few reasonably contemporary pieces to present alongside my more canonical works and need some suggestions. I recently performed some of Takemitsu's works from the 80s and have played Crumb's pieces. Anything interesting within the last 40 years or so would work. It just has to be memorable and impactful.

Thank you all.


Carter - Caténaires
Boulez - Incises
Kabeláč - 8 Preludes for Piano (not suitable chronologically, though)
Wuorinen - Piano Sonatas 2-4

The first two pieces are rather virtuosic, the other four less so (IMHO).

Re: Contemporary piano works for recitals [Re: stevenpn] #1867015 03/23/12 03:59 AM
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Great replies! Thank you all. I'm sure we all have much more to go on now in light of this thread, but please feel free to keep the ideas flowing.

Thanks again!

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Originally Posted by Kreisler


You might also look for programs by pianists who specialize in contemporary literature. Joel Hastings, Andrew Russo, and Paul Barnes come to mind.


That's a great idea - those folks often have the right connections that helps them find good new stuff. Some more names of that sort - Ursula Oppens, Ian Pace, Nic Hodges, Rolf Hind, Julie Steinberg, Kathleen Supové, Sarah Cahill.

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All sorts of stuff by Rzewski.

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How about Fazil Say's Paganini Jazz? It's fun and a crowd pleaser.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47KlWhhUMPE&feature=related


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