American composer Adam Schoenberg (b. 1980) was jointly commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
“When the commission was finalized in November 2012, my wife and I learned that a new addition to our family would be arriving in late summer. Within minutes of this discovery, the title Bounce came to mind, and I knew that this work would be inspired by first my child.
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered on May 29, 1913 in Paris. The ballet was originally written for piano four-hands. He was traditionally known for composing at the piano, so this is how he first conceived the work before orchestrating it. In honor of Stravinsky and the centennial of The Rite, I decided to write Bounce for two pianos first, and then orchestrate it.
The piece .... is by far the most innocent, happy, and fun work I’ve ever written. It is meant to be light, child-like, and emotionally moving… It is dedicated to our son, Luca.” [Adam Schoenberg]
It is such a joyous, exuberant piece for 2 pianos! I hope you will bounce along.
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation