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Hilary Hahn's encores

November 10, 2013 at 06:27 AM · Hello, Hilary Hahn's recording of her 27 encores is available to listen online at NPR's first listen

until Nov. 11.

Some of the pieces are great, some are a little jarring for me. But overall really good. So finally, some modern classical music I like! Yay! Please listen and post what you all think

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November 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM · The "encores" project is the most interesting thing she has ever done.

Both Hahn and Smythe are amazing.

Christos Hatzis encore is propably the best.

I wish she that she will record more encores in the future like the honorable mentions from her competition.

November 10, 2013 at 05:07 PM · Does anyone know if sheet music will be available?

November 10, 2013 at 06:16 PM · Shawn: contact the composers. Worth doing without any doubt.

November 11, 2013 at 02:15 AM · "in addition to the recording, Hahn and the composers are collaborating with music publishers and Boosey & Hawkes to create digital and physical editions, respectively, of the sheet music for the Encores, to be released alongside the album in November. "


November 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM · I've sampled a few - by coincidence mainly slow and lyrical. Some lovely pieces and of course gorgeous playing. But I'm not sure about a whole CD's worth - I don't know how often I would listen or how well the pieces would bear repeated listening. Great to hear once or twice though, and 10/10 to Ms Hahn for enterprise, reviving a neglected art form, and encouraging a wide variety of new music. Probably good enough reasons to buy the CD anyway.

November 13, 2013 at 03:44 PM · I bought the CD. Even though I might not listen straight through often Hahn put so much work into this I wanted to show my support.

November 14, 2013 at 03:43 PM · Would love to hear Cafe Cortadito by Mark Gresham sad that it´s just a bonustrack for Japan.

Something tells me that it´s the best encore.

November 15, 2013 at 12:35 AM · I have this album and I love it! Worth every penny in my opinion.

November 15, 2013 at 04:36 PM · What shoulder rest does she use? It looks really


November 15, 2013 at 10:40 PM · Here's the link to our interview:

Interview with Hilary Hahn

I enjoyed the fact that there was such a range, that I could see what caught my attention and what did not. I like the idea of getting a taste of the work of so many contemporary composers. Looking forward to the music coming out!

I also wonder if Hilary will one day write an etude book, seems like that rumor has been floating around for a long time!

April 1, 2017 at 08:43 AM · Hello! Sorry to comment on an old thread.. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the sheet music for any of the pieces in the album? I'm trying to find post-1960 encore/showpieces and Hilary Hahn's whole album fits that..

I haven't been able to find anything about the promised accompanying sheet music. I can't believe that was over 3 years ago already...

April 1, 2017 at 04:47 PM · Hi Young Tai Ahn, sheetmusicplus sells it.

April 1, 2017 at 05:50 PM · That's just a single piece, not the promised volume.

April 2, 2017 at 05:25 AM · Hmmm so at least one does exist. I guess I'll try searching each piece individually. If anyone else has any other updates please share! Thanks.

April 2, 2017 at 08:48 AM · watching the promo video for the Encores CD I can't help but notice HH is walking around in the studio with her left hand in an oven mitt.

I know the pianist Alfred Brendel used to have band aids over his finger tips all the time. But an oven mitt is really something else.

I guess it's for keeping her hand warm, but is this really necessary - or just a musician's neurotics?

April 2, 2017 at 03:56 PM · I surmise that Hilary Hahn has realized that her youthful ambitions may have been a bit much even for her. For example blogging on her web page every day, etc., and then her renowned encores project, to be followed presumably by editing a huge volume of the same encores for a publisher -- that's a big task. I can easily see it taking a couple of years. And now, of course, she has at least one child. And she still has to practice. As she ages may also be finding that it's not getting any easier to maintain incredible chops. Options going forward might include delegating the task of editing to a colleague (perhaps an esteemed academician like Pamela Frank) or even a gifted young protege, or releasing them "Urtext" and allowing us to arrive at our own fingerings and bowings, perhaps with guidance from videotaped HH performances.

April 3, 2017 at 07:06 AM · Herman, I noticed the mitt too and thought it was because she's pro ;) Like how vocalists always wear scarves and drink water.

Paul, thanks for those insights. I actually didn't know she was married and had a child.. more respect to her.

I certainly wouldn't mind Urtext versions personally.

I've actually found quite a few of the pieces by searching for them in Google directly, or by searching the composer's name and finding their website. Some you can buy directly. Some require contacting the publisher or composer and placing an order via e-mail.

April 3, 2017 at 12:35 PM · Even a comprehensive list of where to go and who to ask for sheet music to all the encores would be useful.

April 3, 2017 at 05:51 PM · If anyone finds more links or sources, post and I'll update this list.

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (1947) - Impulse

Somei Satoh (1947) - Bifu

Du Yun (1977) - When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa

David Lang (1957) - light moving

Bun-Ching Lam (1954) - Solitude d’automne

Go to the bottom of the page to find contact info for score inquiries.

Paul Moravec (1957) - Blue Fiddle

Antón García Abril (1933) - Third Sigh

Avner Dorman (1975) - Memory Games

David del Tredici (1937) - Farewell

Mason Bates (1977) – Ford’s Farm

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928) - Whispering

Gillian Whitehead (1941) - Torua It's not even listed on his website under listed compositions.

Richard Barrett (1959) - shade

Jennifer Higdon (1962) - Echo Dash

Christos Hatzis (1953) - Coming To

Jeff Myers (1977) - The Angry Birds of Kauai

States on his website that a score is forthcoming.

Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960) – Hilary’s Hoedown

Valentin Silvestrov (1937) - Two Pieces

Kala Ramnath (1967) - Aalap and Tarana

Lera Auerbach (1973) - Speak, Memory

Tina Davidson (1952) - Blue Curve of the Earth

Elliott Sharp (1951) - Storm of the Eye

Michiru Oshima (1961) - Memories - I got this from her Wikipedia article, so whether it's official or not I don't know.

I used google translate to get around but didn't find any useful contact info. There is a "Contact" tab but apparently it's for work inquiries or something.

James Newton Howard (1951) - 133… At Least.

Nico Muhly (1981) - Two Voices

Søren Nils Eichberg (1973) - Levitation

Max Richter (1966) - Mercy

April 3, 2017 at 08:22 PM · Wow ... great research! Thanks E+06

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