“This has to be some of the most playfully exuberant and joyful music ever written. American composer Adam Schoenberg (b. 1980) wrote Bounce in 2013, after learning that he was about to become a father. The piece, which has been described as “Radiohead meets Aaron Copland,” was jointly commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Like much of Schoenberg’s music, it started out as a work for piano. Below, I’ve included the original “piano, four hands” version, performed by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee. Bounce was originally conceived as part of a children’s ballet score. It came one hundred years after another famous ballet score that began life on the keyboard: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. After a teasingly sombre opening, Bounce explodes with ebullient, youthful energy. It skips and bounces along as playful, teasing interjections fly back and forth amid occasional giddy practical jokes.…” —Timothy Judd, The Listener’s Club
See the rest of the review, including a look and listen back at the original piano version of Picture Studies that is now available both as a recording by Nadia Shpachenko and The Kansas City Symphony!