Violinist Hahn commissions 27 miniatures

Posted on: October 26, 2011

In Wednesday’s (10/26) Wall Street Journal, David Mermelstein writes about violinist Hilary Hahn. “A violin concerto composed for her by Jennifer Higdon earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2010, and now Ms. Hahn is immersed in something called ‘In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores.’ … It consists—or will, when finished—of 27 miniatures that are anywhere from 1½ to five minutes long. … For now, though, Ms. Hahn is including 13 of these short works in a program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms that she and the pianist Valentina Lisitsa will bring to Atlanta on Thursday; to Davis, Calif., on Saturday; to Los Angeles on Tuesday; and to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Nov. 6. … At present, she has commissioned pieces from 26 composers. … To fill the final berth, Ms. Hahn has devised a contest that anyone may enter. (Details can be found on her website: … The piece that wins the competition will be bundled with the 13 other encores that Ms. Hahn has yet to play publicly but intends to present next season.”

Posted October 26, 2011