Performance Today

Jennifer Higdon

Composer Jennifer HigdonSarah R. Bloom

April 13, 2021

At some point, many music students procrastinate when it comes to practicing. When Jennifer Higdon was in graduate school, she "forgot" to practice her flute so often, she stopped playing altogether. On today's show, find out what made Higdon forget the flute altogether...and become a Pulitzer Prize winning composer.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Lullaby (After Tchaikovsky)
Vadym Kholodenko, piano
Medtner: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 25 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Transcriptions
Delos Productions NA

Gabriel Faure: Pelleas and Melisande Suite
IRIS Orchestra; Michael Stern, conductor
IRIS Orchestra, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN

Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio, Color Through
Geoffery Herd, violin; Hannah Collins, cello; Esther Park, piano
Geneva Music Festival, Froelich Hall Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
Vadym Kholodenko, piano
Southeastern Piano Festival, University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, Columbia, SC

Hour 2

Louise Farrenc: Etudes, Op. 26 Book 2 No. 22 Allegro molto
Joanne Polk, piano
Louise Farrenc: Etudes & Variations for Solo Piano
Steinway & Sons 30133

Michael Gilbertson: Fool's Gold
University of Texas Symphony Orchestra; Ryan Kelly, conductor
Butler School of Music, UT Austin, Bates Recital Hall, Austin, TX

Louise Farrenc: Sextet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, Op. 40
Marya Martin, flute; Kemp Jernigan, oboe; Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Stewart Rose, horn; Juho Pohjonen, piano
Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

Claude Debussy: Images, Book 1
Daniela Liebman, piano
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St. Paul's By The Sea Epicsopal Church, Jacksonville, FL