In commemoration of the 50th year since Ives's death, pianist Heather O'Donnell has organized a project ("Responses to Charles Ives") to commission seven composers to write a piano work reflecting on Ives's influence on their own musical thought.
Sunday July 4 14h00 (Part 1) 16h00 (Part 2) Beethoven Room HEATHER O'DONNELL PLAYS IVES Part 1: The Concord Charles Ives Second Piano Sonata (Concord, Mass., 1840 -1860)
Part 2: Essays After a Sonata
Michael Finnissy Song of Myself **
George Flynn Remembering **
Oliver Schneller New work for piano and electronics **
Walter Zimmerman Groll und Dank for piano and toy piano **
James Tenney New work for inside-piano **
Sidney Corbett Celestial Potato fields**
Frederic Rzewski Johnny has Gone for a Soldier **
To help bridge the historical divide between South African composers who have grown up in widely different compositional traditions.
Related links: MP3 of O'Donnell playing a Ligeti Etude. The Alex Ross Pandemonium article on Charles Ives. Living Composers Rzewski page. Announcement of a 2005 South African electronic music festival (with Carl Stone, Mark Applebaumm, Pauline Oliveros, Halim El-Dabh, et al.)