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The Greatest Living Piano Composers, Part II

The previous post on this topic basically spotlighted a generation. Four of the five composers were born within a year of each other. The list below is a bit more scattered, but it represents a snapshot of some continuing trends. Auerbach and Liebermann carry the torch for traditional piano development and focus on harmony. Vine […]

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The Greatest Living Piano Composers, Part I

I spend a lot of time listening to contemporary music, usually while following scores. In college and grad school, as a composition student, I found this essential to keep ideas flowing and expand my range of influences. Today, it’s more for pleasure. But when I really think about it…not a lot of it is solo […]

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Revisiting “Gimmick” Pieces, Part II: Cage – 4’33”

Much of John Cage’s work pokes holes in concert traditions or basic art constructs. In 4’33” he turns the mirror on the audience so that instead of hearing music, they hear themselves. Today, 4’33” is traditionally viewed as the ultimate gimmick. A silent piece. A piece containing no “music.” You could argue that it’s not […]

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