• Joan Tower
  • Steps (2011)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)

Revised 2017

  • pf
  • 6 min

Programme Note

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’s 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