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Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY
Gloria Cheng, piano
Composer's Notes

This work is composed for Gloria Cheng‘s tribute project in memory of the American composer Steven Stucky. I never got to spend nearly as much time in Steven Stucky's company as I would have liked. My memories of our encounters in Los Angeles and later in Aspen remain among the warmest, most collegial and insightful that a composer could wish for. Given our mutual love of the music of Witold Lutoslawski, and Steve's very particular depth of knowledge about both the man and his works, I felt it appropriate to use something of Lutoslawski's own music - namely a couple of fragments drawn somewhat obliquely from the 3rd Symphony's piano part - as the starting point for my own brief homage to Steve as irreplaceable composer, mentor and colleague. It's a short, toccata-esque piece that poses several questions without necessarily searching for all-too-definitive answers, save perhaps for the more literal, yet very soft and distant quotation of the symphony's "big tune" from its final pages as a form of fond farewell to dear Steven Stucky.
Brett Dean

Repertoire Note

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Recommended Recording

Gloria Cheng, piano
Bridge 9509

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