Tower: Ivory and Ebony ::::: Schirmer News Fall 2009

Tower: Ivory and Ebony ::::: Schirmer News Fall 2009
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Between October 11-17 participants at the 2009 The San Antonio International Piano Competition will perform Joan Tower's Ivory and Ebony, the SAIPC's Andrew Gurwitz Memorial Composition. The competition takes places every three years.

Joan Tower © Makiko H. Freeman
"We are honored to have a composer of Joan Tower's stature compose the commissioned work in the 2009 competition, which will be a celebration of our 25th year and 10th triennial competition," said SAIPC President Anne Johnson.

Tower remarks, "Ivory and Ebony is about the black and white notes of the piano which alternate 'thematically' but occasionally mix together. Since I am also a pianist, this was a fun and challenging piece to write for the upcoming piano virtuosos coming to the San Antonio competition. I hope they enjoy working on it and I very much look forward to their different interpretations."