What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Mark Wait

Mark WaitPhoto courtesy Vanderbilt University Above all, I seek compositions that expand the boundaries of expression. For me, the most important works in musical history have been those that opened horizons and provided new means of musical expression. In piano music, Beethoven‘s sonatas, Schumann‘s solo piano works, Debussy‘s preludes and etudes, Schoenberg‘s works, and Webern‘s […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Daan Vandewalle

Daan VandewallePhoto by Goethals New piano music reaches me quite regularly. Although I look through all the scores, it’s very seldom that something “interesting” (I agree, of course, that this is subjective) captures my ears. Make no false illusions: all new music pianists throw scores in the dustbin. But, then again, what am I looking […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Robert Taub

Robert TaubPhoto by Miles Truesdell I look for a certain razz-ma-tazz like the Chopin Nocturne part of Milton Babbitt‘s Second Piano Concerto. I want the notes to leap off the page, dance around with my fingers on the keyboard, and enter my heart, brain, and soul at the same time. I want the music to […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Margaret Leng Tan

Margaret Leng TanPhoto by Michael Dames I am fascinated by music that breaks new ground, that takes the piano (and the toy piano) to its ultimate frontiers. For this reason I am drawn to the pioneering pianism of Cage, Cowell and Crumb, and that of their spiritual children: composer-inventor Alvin Lucier, and the new generation […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Lois Svard

Lois SvardPhoto by Dale Hourlland I have always been fascinated with the music of composers who push the envelope, whether it is Franz Liszt flirting with atonality in the 1880s, Henry Cowell playing on the strings of the piano for the first time in the 1920s, or Annea Lockwood using super-ball mallets, water glasses and […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Kathleen Supové

Kathleen SupovéPhoto by Robin Holland My first reaction is: I hardly ever find it! A more considered reaction: the main thing I look for is some kind of obsessiveness. I’m especially attracted to pieces that are difficult, relentless, with fistfuls of notes, that keep me up nights figuring out how to play them. That kind […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Julie Steinberg

Julie SteinbergPhoto by Earl Wood When I consider a new score, I’m immediately on the lookout for craft and content. I try not to be ideological in my choices, but rather to expose myself to many styles and techniques. Naturally I’m drawn to music that is well written for the instrument, which is organically pianistic […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Haydée Schvartz

Haydée SchvartzPhoto by Vivi Zabaleta Isn’t there anything else to be invented in piano music composition? Is there any resource that can get us away from the heavy trace contained by the tradition of piano writing? Some way of denaturalizing the ‘self sufficient’ instrument? How is it possible to get rid of the cultural historical […]