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Missy Mazzoli

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Heartbreaker (2013)
G Schirmer Inc
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Missy Mazzoli Heartbreaker (2013)
Composer's Note:
As a composer who started her musical life as a pianist, it was unexpectedly difficult to write a short piece for the American Pianists Association's competition. I wanted to write something virtuosic but something that stood out from traditionally showy "competitive" pieces. My new work, Heartbreaker, is virtuosic in subtle, unusual ways. It starts out deceptively simple, and quickly spirals into something that is just within the limits of the pianist's control. It requires a virtuosity that is not about playing faster than everyone else, or even about playing more accurately than everyone else, but more about striking a balance between rhythmic precision and the free-wheeling abandon the piece requires.

— Missy Mazzoli

Pianist Michael Mizrahi discusses Heartbreaker on the NMBG Radio Series

  • Soloist(s)
    Michael Mizrahi, piano
    New Amsterdam:
  • 26 MAR 2016
    National Sawdust - Brooklyn, NY
    Michael Mizrahi, piano
  • 15 APR 2013
    Heartbreaker World Premiere
    American Pianists Associate Classical Fellowship Awards
    Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall - Indianapolis, IN

Heartbreaker, written by Missy Mazzoli, begins with focused precision then evolves into a trance-like state that eventually breaks down in a schizophrenic collapse.
Rick Peterson, Lawrence University News,3/22/2016
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