NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Solo Piano, Vol. 1

Twenty-one works for solo piano

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About the Anthology

Curated by pianist Marianne Parker, this collection of 21 works for solo piano is ideal for active performers looking for exciting new repertoire, teachers searching for fresh contemporary works for their studios, or student performers seeing out unique and culturally-relevant new works to fulfill 21st century repertoire requirements.

These works, 20 of which were composed in the 21st century, represent a broad range of compositional styles from composers living and writing today, and were curated for intermediate through advanced players.

The NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music are a bold, new publishing initiative aimed at bringing new and unknown composers and repertoire to student and professional performers alike. With an emphasis on works not found in the traditional publishing ecosystem, each volume is curated by performers who have a reputation for championing new music, with an eye toward selecting works with a range of styles and difficulties that are suitable for concert and recital performance.

With this innovative mode of publishing, NewMusicShelf advocates for self-published composers in a way previously unheard of in the realm of classical music: all self-published composers retain full ownership of their work while earning a generous royalty on every sale. Your support of this project directly benefits these composers, and also helps NewMusicShelf to continue to promote the works of the many excellent composers writing today. We encourage you to explore these composers' catalogs in greater depth, and hope that these songs inspire many fruitful and rewarding collaborations!

Works in this volume

ComposerWork TitleYear Composed
Jason Bahr Carlton 1996
Nathan Daughtrey The Giving Tree Variations 2015
Jay Derderian In The Tides I Break 2017
David Feurzeig "Stride Ride" from Four Homages for Piano 2003
Alexandra Fol "Foliana [Háisdèg]" from Piano Etudes 2011
Joseph Harkins Flat Rock Vista 2016
Chia-Yu Hsu Blue Ridge Sketches 2013
Jennifer Jolley You Don't Know What It Is 2018
Matthew Kennedy Theme + 4 Brief Variants 2009, rev. 2015
Tyler Kline "blood orange" from Orchard 2018
Gustav Lindsten Surge 2019
Carrie Magin Welcoming 2018
Lisa Neher Fissure 2018
Frank J. Oteri Setting the World at Five and Seven 2008
Jeffrey Parola "Invention" from Five Short Pieces 2014
Keane Southard Prelude No. 14 (Berceuse) 2017
Matthew Evan Taylor Euphoria 2015
Alan Theisen Circuit Break 2015
Dennis Tobenski Growl 2011
Theodore Wiprud El Jaleo 2013
Ryan Woodhouse "Shetland" form Miniatures for Solo Piano 2010

Audio Samples

Nathan Daughtry: The Giving Tree Variations

Jay Derderian: In the Tides I Break

Alexandra Fol: "Foliana [Háisdèg]" from Piano Etudes

Matthew Kennedy: "Theme + Four Brief Variants"


David Feurzeig: Stride Rite from Homages
David Feurzeig: Stride Rite from Homages

Alan Theisen: Circuit Break
 Alan Theisen: Circuit Break

About the Curator

Marianne Parker is an award-winning pianist and educator, in demand internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. Her debut album, Pages intimes, to be released in fall 2018, features recently discovered works by Haitian composers. Recent engagements have taken her to Singapore, Montreal, and NYC. Marianne has performed in Chicago’s Symphony Center, both as principal pianist of the Civic Orchestra and as soloist. Her work has been featured on WFMT’s Salon Series, and in prominent venues throughout the city. Marianne’s work is driven by her passion to communicate the vibrancy and variety of classical music, especially to those who have yet to discover it.

Also active as a chamber musician, Marianne co-founded the marimba and piano new music ensemble, L+M Duo, in 2016 along with marimbist Laurel Black. The duo is committed to commissioning new work for their medium by today’s composers. Currently, L+M Duo is the Ensemble in Residence at the University of Illinois-Chicago. ​

As an orchestral pianist, Marianne has performed under the batons of esteemed conductors Riccardo Muti, Jaap Van Zweden, Michael Tilson Thomas, Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Michael Christy. She served as the principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2013-15, working closely with former Chicago Symphony pianist Mary Sauer and Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma.​

Marianne is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she enjoys sharing the joy of music with students of all levels. Outside of her musical activities, Parker is an avid cyclist, hiker, and runner – having toured most of the west coast by bike with her husband, and hiked several of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. She is also an active animal advocate, volunteering with the dog and literacy advocacy organization Sit Stay Read, as well as raising funds for Chicago’s PAWS animal shelter during the Chicago Marathon.



A Note on Binding

To adhere to recommendations by the Music Library Association, and to aid in library shelving, the NewMusicShelf Anthologies are perfect bound books. The accompanying instrumental parts use saddle stitch binding. Since perfect binding frequently prevents books from lying flat (which is especially helpful for pianists), you may choose to have the anthologies rebound for use in performance. Most copy shops are able to - quickly and cheaply - shave off the spine of a perfect bound book and rebind it with a coil/spiral. Coil binding is usually preferable to comb binding in this instance because coils preserve the pages better, and turn more quietly, provided that the coil is wide enough to accommodate page turns.


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