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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

Steps (2011)
Work Notes
revised 2017
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
6 Minutes
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Programme Note
Joan Tower Steps (2011)

First performance:
February 10 2012
Melvin Chen, piano
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Composer note:
Steps is a short piano piece written as an homage to Debussy, a composer that I believe Milton [Babbitt] never particularly liked or understood. As a pianist, I played a good deal of Debussy‚Äôs piano music which I learned to love and which had an effect on my own music. But inside the Debussy-like textures of Steps, there are 12-tone rows that get tossed around in the more active and loud passages — a kind of salute to the memory of that feisty, brilliant and articulate man — Milton Babbitt.

— Joan Tower

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