Stephen Drury, piano stephendrury.com
“Mr. Drury’s playing is extraordinary. He plays the entire program with technical command, keen ear for color, vivid imagination and probing intelligence.”
– Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Performed at UAA Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building
One of the most magnificent piano works of the 20th century, this “tour de force” is a theme and variations of epic proportions frequently compared to Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations or J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Taking his theme from a Chilean worker’s song, American composer Federic Rzewski crafts 36 variations exploring a variety of music styles from neo-romanticism to jazz and the avant-garde. Commissioned for the celebration America’s Bicentennial.