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I want to make a gift to a friend of mine, a pianist. So I'm looking into works for solo piano written in the last 50 or so years (ok... whatever).
1. No well known stuff (Ligeti etudes, Vingt regards, etc). 2. Only solo piano please. 3. I should be able to grab ALL the scores from the same e-shop (sheet music plus? Some other?), for convenience. 4. Around 150$ to spend in total
Any ideas you might want to throw? youtube links most appreciated, or links, or titles and name of composer... whatever works for you.
(And yes that's me. nobody hacked my account yet! )
Loc: Georgia, USA
I bought the Petrushka project - Dances of our Time anthology, and have had a great time playing through it (or trying to play through it - the pieces range from moderately difficult to very difficult). You can listen to them online. 75 different composers - all short piano pieces - all 21st century music.
Don't know how accessible the scores are, but there's Kaija Saariaho's Prélude and Ballade. Is Carl Vine too well-known?: three sonatas and lots of other music. And Judith Lang Zaimont, who posts here occasionally, has a lovely Piano Sonata of which the finale Impronta digitale has been used in the Van Cliburn competition, as well as much else fine stuff like A Calendar Set, Nocturne, Jupiter's Moons and Hesitation Rag.
And there's Phillip Ramey who wrote lots of fine piano music, including several piano sonatas.
Nikolas, here are some suggestions; they are all pieces that I've worked on or am working on, and which I like quite a lot:
Steven Paulus -- Five Preludes (1993) William Bolcom -- Nine New Bagatelles (2007) Libby Larsen -- Mephisto Rag (2003) John Harbison -- Sonata No 2 (2001); Gatsby Etudes (1999) Fred Hersch -- 24 Variations on a Bach Chorale (2002) Richard Danielpour -- The Enchanted Garden, Vol 1 (1993); Vol 2 (2009) Katherine Hoover -- Toccata (2011) Milton Babbitt -- The Old Order Changeth (1999) Judith Zaimont -- Wizards (2005) Michael Torke -- Blue Pacific (2006) Jennifer Higdon -- Secret and Glass Gardens (2005) Joan Tower -- No Longer Very Clear (1998) Dan Welcher -- Prelude for Dani (2005) Haskell Small -- Renoir's Feast (2004)