Music for Piano (1989/1997)
For this piece, Azerbaijani composer and pianist Ali-Zadeh lays a beaded necklace on the strings of the piano to evoke a traditional instrument, the tar.
Maria de Alvear
De Alvear is a Spanish-German composer whose works are often long form and allow great freedom to the performer. This is an excerpt of her hour-long Intenso.
Sonata No. 2 (1953)
Four Planes (2015)
Fireside (2001) **
The melody of this piece is based on a 16th-century chant, and also inspired by Psalm 77, verse 20: “Your way was through the sea,/your path, through the mighty waters;/yet your footprints were unseen.”
Un reve en mer (1868)
Carreño was a Venezuelan composer-pianist who played for Abraham Lincoln in the White House and was coached by Franz Liszt. She wrote this piece at the age of fifteen.
Theme and Variations (1895)
Chaminade’s piano and chamber music was popular during her lifetime, but her more “serious” works for orchestra and voices has been neglected. This is a short set of variations
Chen Yi grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution and studied regional folk music in the countryside. She believes that music is a universal language, improving understanding between peoples of different cultural backgrounds and helping to bring peace in the world.
Preludes 6 and 9 (1928)
Still in her twenties, Ruth Crawford wrote these compressed, mystical preludes while living in Chicago.
Birds at Dawn (1917)
Born in Denver, Dillon moved to California and wrote this piece inspired by birds in the Sierra Mountains, and notates their songs in the score.
Earth, Water, Wood, Metal, Fire (2001)**
Sinfonia e Fugato (1952)
Gabriela Lena Frank
Nocturno Nazqueno (2014)
Prelude for a Pensive Pupil (1958)
Glanville-Hicks was born in Australia and composed prolifically, and also wrote music criticism for the New York Herald Tribune.
Tara’s Love Will Melt the Sword (2002)
Giteck says this piece “addresses two female manifestations of Buddha, in particular the Blue Tara-healing Buddha and White Tara-compassionate Buddha.”
The title of Irish composer Gribbin’s newest piano piece refers to about eight thousand homeless people in London and their apparent invisibility.
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Keyboard Suite in D minor (1707)
Jacquet de la Guerre enjoyed great success as a composer and keyboardist, and composed operas, cantatas, and music for theater and ballet.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Study War No More (2009) **
Tango Si (1984)
French-American composer Jolas studied with Milhaud and Messiaen. Her “tango” is dissonant, playful, and brief.
High and Low (2017)
Peggy’s Rag (1996)
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Kats-Chernin migrated to Australia and also studied in Europe. This rag is dedicated to Peggy Glanville-Hicks.
April Preludes (1937)
On the Chequer’d Field Array’d (2013)
Smokey One (2016)
Mary Jane Leach
By’m’Bye (2001) **
Afro-Cuban composer Leon dedicated this piece, her first for piano, to her friends from the Dance Theater of Harlem, Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook.
The Four Seasons (After Cy Twombly) (2009)
Ear-Walking Woman (1996)
Originally from New Zealand, Lockwood wrote this piece on a commission from Sarah Cahill, as a tribute to fellow composer Ruth Crawford.
Russian composer Makarova, married to the more famous Aram Khachaturian, wrote a set of piano etudes which are rarely if ever performed.
2000 Notes (2001) **
Born in Berlin, Mamlok fled Nazi Germany and emigrated to Ecuador and then to New York. Cahill co-commissioned this work, which reflects Mamlok’s twelve-tone method.
Marcus, a composer in New York, uses the lyrics and melody of the Beatles song “Julia,” about John Lennon’s mother, who encouraged his interest in music.
Heights and Depths of Love (2009)
This is the first movement of a piece by young Lithuanian composer Martinaityté. The movement is called “Togetherness.”
St. Petersburg Waltz (1997)
Best known as a vocalist and performance artist, Monk says this piece was inspired by her Eastern-European roots.
Quintuplets Play Pen (2001)**
Toning (2009) **
As a young woman, Ono studied classical composition in Japan. This conceptual work, commissioned by Sarah, is about the peace movement and inner peace.
Holding Pattern (2001) **
Raised in Amarillo, Texas, Payne wrote this piece on commission from Sarah in tribute to Ruth Crawford.
Sonata in E minor (1932)
Price was the first African-American woman to have an orchestral work performed by a major American orchestra. Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price were among her champions.
Gin Fizz (2018)
Born in Ann Arbor, Ruehr says of her music that “the idea is that the surface be simple, the structure complex.” This piece was part of Sarah’s project for Terry Riley’s 80th birthday.
Variations op. 20 (1853)
From a young age, Clara Schumann was a virtuoso pianist and composer. After her husband Robert’s death, she toured Europe and beyond as a pianist to support her family. These are variations on a theme by Robert Schumann.
new commissioned work **
Linda Catlin Smith
A Nocturne (1995)
Toronto-based Catlin Smith describes her Nocturne: “As I was writing this piece, the material seemed more and more to be disappearing; day disappears into night…”
Glass Houses No. 7 (1981)
Born in Winnipeg, Southam wrote electronic music and music for strings as well as minimalist works for piano. She said that minimalist, iterative compositions reminded her of "women's work" - repetitive, monotonous tasks such as knitting and cleaning that nevertheless sustain life.
Piano Sonata No. 4 (1957)
Lois V Vierk
To Stare Astonished at the Sea (1993)
Compassion (2001) **
new commissioned work **