What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Vicki Ray

Vicki RayPhoto by Richard Hines If I’m looking for something specific in a piece of new piano music then I might not see/hear what’s really there. So I try to open to the first page with no expectations. That’s one of my favorite moments: that first look. What tends to grab me is: interesting textures, […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Joshua Pierce

Joshua PiercePhoto by Peter Schaaf As to what I’m looking for in a contemporary piano composition—at first thought, I’m not always sure… But then, in thinking and re-thinking more about this question, many interesting ideas/thoughts come to mind. I guess one has to start, generically speaking, with a group of composers—known, or not so well […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn NonkenPhoto by Richard Termine I’m most drawn to works exploring the extremes of body and mind. These pieces offer us a place where we can get involved with sounds, processes, and ideas that aren’t already part of our lives. Through them, we enter environments in which time, emotion, and logic, as we’re used to […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Lisa Moore

Lisa MoorePhoto by Belinda Webster In new piano music I look for a strong emotional connection to the work, for example: chills up my spine, tears to my eyes—that sort of thing! This connection one cannot just invent or compose, it stems from the inner talent, the instincts and life of the composer. It is […]

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

Margaret Mills What I look for in a new piece of piano music is a strong sense of the dramatic coupled with lyricism. Years ago when I was researching American piano music at the American Music Center, I discovered the composers Ruth Schonthal and Miriam Gideon whose works displayed both of these qualities. I also […]