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Encore, Please! Hilary Hahn's Commissions for Ali-Sade, Auerbach, Lang and Dorman

The American violinist Hilary Hahn has put an unusual but clever idea into practice. Because she has long recognised what gigantic potential is hidden in the small form of the encore piece, she turned to 27 present-day composers including Lera Auerbach, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, David Lang and Avner Dorman asking them for contributions. The cycle “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” will receive its world premiere successively during the coming years.

Hahn has provided the following commentary on her project:

“My initial goal was to expand the encore genre to embrace works of different styles. Because I was planning to play the commissioned pieces myself, it was important that the composers’ writing spoke to me in some way. I listened to a lot of contemporary classical music, for hours on end, often late into the night. I loved hearing things I had never heard before. I made nerve-wracking 'cold calls' to composers to ask them to participate in my project. I wasn’t sure what the reactions would be, but to my surprise, so many people were receptive that the project gained exhilarating momentum.”


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