Works Piano(s) Touches (1981)

Overview

Commissioned as a required piece for all contestants in the Sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Touches begins with a chorale, similar to a short work Bernstein wrote for his daughter Jamie's twenty-sixth birthday entitled Virgo Blues, and cycles through a set of eight variations which ends with a coda. The form and spirit of the work are remniscient of Copland's Piano Variations (1930), a work Bernstein held dear to his heart throughout his life.

Details

(1981) 9 min
World Premiere:
May 28, 1981. Fort Worth, TX, United States / Performed by contestants of the Sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Scoring
piano

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Media

Van Cliburn playing to children on a visit to Israel, 1962
Israel National Photo Collection, 1962 (via Wikimedia Commons) Israel National Photo Collection, 1962 (via Wikimedia Commons)