Wise Words was written as a retirement gift for Bob Hurwitz, longtime president of Nonesuch Records, as part of a suite of pieces for the “amateur” pianist by Philip Glass, Donnacha Dennehy, John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Brad Mehldau, Nico Muhly, and Pat Metheny.
The piece is a short étude on that one really tricky broken-10th passage from Beethoven’s sonata Op. 90.
recorded live at Brooklyn Academy of Music, April 1, 2017
performers Timo Andres, piano