This program presents works by Bartók, Prokofiev, and Gershwin, all composed within a ten-year period in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It was a time of great tension, uncertainty and danger as war was spreading in Europe, so it is remarkable how much joy and vitality the composers expressed in their pieces. This performance also marks the world premiere of Titus Abbott’s Liminal Moment (2020) for pianos and percussion, conceived as a companion piece to Bartók’s sonata of the same instrumentation. Composed during the COVID pandemic, the moment referred to in the title is the threshold of the unknown future.
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