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Recent repertoire – Michael Arnowitt, pianist

This is a partial list of pieces I’ve performed in the last few years, organized alphabetically by composer.

There is music here by J.S. Bach, Samuel Barber, Bela Bartok, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Ferruccio Busoni, William Byrd, Frédéric Chopin, Aaron Copland, George Crumb, Claude Debussy, Peter Feuchtwanger, Alberto Ginastera, Nikolai Kapustin, György Ligeti, Anatol Lyadov, Sergei Lyapunov, Edward MacDowell, Gustav Mahler, Felix Mendelssohn, Olivier Messiaen, W.A. Mozart, Larry Polansky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Maurice Ravel, Frederic Rzewski, Erik Satie, Fazil Say, Domenico Scarlatti, Arnold Schoenberg, Robert Schumann, Alexander Scriabin, Toru Takemitsu, P.I. Tchaikovsky, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Anton Webern.

J.S. Bach
Goldberg Variations
Partita no. 1 in B-flat major
Partita no. 2 in C minor
Partita no. 3 in A minor
Partita no. 5 in G major
Trio Sonata no. 4 in E minor, BWV 528
Selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier
    Prelude in E-flat major, Book 1
    Prelude in B minor, Book 1
    Prelude in C major, Book 2
    Fugue in C major, Book 2
    Fugue in C minor, Book 2
    Fugue in C-sharp major, Book 2
    Prelude in B-flat major, Book 2

Samuel Barber
Sonata for Piano, op. 26 (1949)

Bela Bartok
From the Diary of a Fly

Dennis Báthory-Kitsz
Framing the Sum of Three (2007)
selections from Tirkiinistra: Landscape Preludes for Piano (2002)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata no. 27 in E minor, op. 90
Sonata no. 28 in A major, op. 101
Sonata no. 29 in B-flat major, “Hammerklavier,” op. 106

Johannes Brahms
Andante moderato, from Symphony no. 4 in E minor, op. 98, version for piano solo
Intermezzo in B-flat minor, op. 117 no. 2
Intermezzo in A major, op. 118 no. 2
Intermezzo in B minor, op. 119 no. 1
Lerchengesang (Song of the Larks), op. 70 no. 2
Sommerfäden (Gossamer), op. 72 no. 2
Sommerabend (Summer Evening), op. 85 no. 1
Symphony no. 4 in E minor, op. 98, version for piano duet
Variations on a Theme of Haydn, op. 56, arr. for piano by M. Arnowitt

Ferruccio Busoni
Kurze Stücke zur Pflege des polyphonen Spiels (Short Pieces for the Cultivation of Polyphonic Playing), no. 1-5

William Byrd
From My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music
    A Voluntarie for my ladye nevell
    Pavan and Galliard no. 1 in C minor
    Pavan and Galliard no. 2 in G major
    Pavan and Galliard no. 6 in C major
    Sellinger’s Rownde

Frédéric Chopin
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, op. 60
Étude op. 25 no. 1 in A-flat major, “Aeolian Harp”
Étude op. 25 no. 5 in E minor
Étude op. 25 no. 6 in G-sharp minor, “Double Thirds”
Étude op. 25 no. 11 in A minor, “Winter Wind”
Étude op. 10 no. 4 in C-sharp minor
Nocturne in B major, op. 32 no. 1
Nocturne in F minor, op. 55 no. 1
Polonaise in E-flat minor, op. 26 no. 2
Prélude in A-flat major, op. 28 no. 17
Waltz in D-flat major “Minute Waltz,” op. 64 no. 1
Waltz in C-sharp minor, op. 64 no. 2

Aaron Copland
Appalachian Spring, arr. for piano by M. Arnowitt
Muted and sensuous, from Four Piano Blues (1948)
Vivace from Piano Sonata (1939-1941)

George Crumb
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (Variations on Thelonius Monk’s ’Round Midnight
Makrokosmos, Volume 1, no. 3 and 11

Claude Debussy
D’un cahier d’esquisses (From A Sketchbook)
La Cathédrale engloutie (The sunken cathedral), from Préludes, Book I
Étude no. 2 “Pour les tierces”
Étude no. 11 “Pour les arpèges composés
Étude retrouvée (discovered 1977)
Feuilles mortes (Dead leaves), from Préludes, Book 2
La neige danse (The snow is dancing), from Children’s Corner
Pagodes (Pagodas) from Estampes
Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the Water), from Images I

Peter Feuchtwanger
Study no. 4 in an Eastern Idiom – Tariqa 1 (1982)

Alberto Ginastera
Sonata no. 1, op. 22 (1952)

Nikolai Kapustin
From 24 Preludes in Jazz Style, op. 53 (1989)
    Prelude no. 3 in G major
    Prelude no. 13 in G-flat major
Scherzo from Sonata no. 2, op. 54 (1989)

György Ligeti
Études from Books I (1985) and II (1988-1994)
    Étude no. 2 – Cordes vides (Open strings)
    Étude no. 3 – Touches bloquées (Blocked keys)
    Étude no. 4 – Fanfares
    Étude no. 5 – Arc-en-ciel (Rainbow)
    Étude no. 10 – Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)

Anatol Lyadov
Muzikalnaya tabakerka (A Musical Snuff-Box), op. 32

Sergei Lyapunov
“Lezghinka,” Transcendental Étude op. 11 no. 10

Edward MacDowell
Of Salamanders, op. 61 no. 4, from Fireside Tales

Gustav Mahler
Der Einsame im Herbst (The Lonely One in Autumn), from Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), arr. for piano by M. Arnowitt

Felix Mendelssohn
Sleeping Music, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, arr. for piano by M. Arnowitt

Olivier Messiaen
Le Rouge-gorge (The Robin), no. 3 from Petites esquisses d’oiseaux (1985)
Par Lui tout a été fait, no. 6 from Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus (1944)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto no. 23 in A major, K. 488
Concerto no. 25 in C major, K. 503
Rondo alla turca (Turkish march), from Sonata no. 11 in A, K. 331
Sonata no. 15 in F major, K. 533
Sonata no. 18 in B-flat major, K. 570

Larry Polansky
Suite from Lonesome Road

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Étude-tableau in D minor, op. 33 no. 4
Étude-tableau in E-flat minor, op. 33 no. 5
Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Le Rappel des Oiseaux (The Call of the Birds)

Maurice Ravel
Jeux d’eau (The Fountain)
Mother Goose Suite (for piano duet)
Valses nobles et sentimentales

Frederic Rzewski
Down by the riverside and Winnsboro cotton mill blues from Four North American Ballads

Erik Satie
Embryons desséchés
    Of the Holothurian
    Of the Edriophthalma
    Of the Podophthalma

Fazil Say
Black Earth (1997)

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F minor, K. 519
Sonata in G major, K. 427
Sonata in A major, K. 404
Sonata in D minor, K. 141
Sonata in B minor, K. 87
Sonata in A major, K. 24

Arnold Schoenberg
Sechs kleine Klavierstücke (Six Small Piano Pieces), op. 19

Robert Schumann
Fabel (Fable), from Fantasiestücke (Fantasy pieces), op. 12
Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), op. 15
Vogel als Prophet (The Prophet Bird), from Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), op. 82
Winterszeit II (Wintertime), from 43 Clavierstücke für die Jugend (43 Piano Pieces for the Young)

Alexander Scriabin
Sonata no. 9 “Messe noire” (Black Mass), op. 68

Toru Takemitsu
Rain Tree Sketch (1982)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
From Les saisons (The seasons), op. 37b
    January – By the fireside
    December – Noel

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Idilio Na Rêde (Summer Idyll), op. 97 no. 1 from Suite Floral

Anton Webern
Variations for Piano