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Hilary Hahn: Refreshing The Encore

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Hilary Hahn's newest project is called In 27 Pieces: The Hillary Hahn Encores. Hilary Hahn's newest project is called In 27 Pieces: The Hillary Hahn Encores. (Peter Miller/Courtesy of the artist)

Hilary Hahn says the idea for her latest project, In 27 Pieces: The Hillary Hahn Encore, came about when she noticed few new short-form pieces were being played -- compared to other forms of contemporary classical music. The "encore" piece is an important part of every violinist's repertoire, but where most concert encores showcase well-known and recognizable works, Hahn wondered "Where are the new ones?"

So the Grammy-winning classical violinist commissioned a couple dozen short pieces for In 27 Pieces from a diverse cast of contemporary composers in hopes to introduce audiences to composers they might not be familiar with.

Hahn is currently on tour playing Bach and Beethoven as well as 13 commissioned encores, and performs a few selections in the Soundcheck studio.


Hilary Hahn

Comments [4]

Silversalty from Brooklyn

I notice that this page has a download option so if people want to actually hear Ms. Hahn this is the correct link for the entire program, with Ms. Hahn's portion being within the first 20 minutes.

Podtrac is a counter site which redirects back to

Nov. 11 2013 05:41 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

After a few trial and errors -

John Eliot Gardiner

Not Hilary Hahn (Mark Mulcahy) - the audio heard currently on this page

Mark Mulcahy with a different intro piece

The complete show, which has Hilary Hahn at the beginning
2:17 -> 19:50

Nov. 11 2013 05:15 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Maybe I'm missing something, but the audio doesn't seem to have anything to do with Ms. Hahn.

"Can anybody here play this game?"
Casey Stengel

Nov. 11 2013 02:59 PM
Joanne from Brooklyn

I heard Ms Hahn play the Bach Chaconne as well as a few of the new pieces in the Spring at NJPAC. She was entirely amazing. The Chaconne seemed to have more considerably depth that what I heard on her early recordings, and the new works were wonderful. Unfortunately, the house was barely full. It is a great venue and she deserved to have it full.

Nov. 11 2013 11:56 AM

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