Two Pianos on Now Is the Time


detail from Lowell Liebermann: Complete Works for Two Pianos

It’s two pianos, four hands, and more on Now Is the Time, Saturday, November 7th at 9 pm. Lowell Liebermann has two works on the program, starting off with two pianos and eight hands (two belonging to himself), on Daydream and Nightmare. Later we’ll hear his Sonata for Two Pianos.

John Corigliano’s Chiaroscuro is for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart, producing luscious and unsettling sounds. Loose Changes is the Jed Distler work for two pianos, in ten short, continuous movements. Rounding out the show, the sound of Mexican children playing marbles inspires the “skulls and doves” of Calacas y Palomas by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.

from John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro (for 2 pianos tuned a 1/4-tone apart) 

Lowell Liebermann: Daydream and Nightmare for Two Pianos, Eight Hands
John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro
Jed Distler: Loose Changes
Lowell Liebermann: Sonata for Two Pianos
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez: Calacas y Palomas

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith hosts Now Is the Time, new American classical music on WRTI’s all-classical stream. At click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI! 


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