Cover: Quotations and Homages
Photo by Chiara Neyman

Quotations and Homages

21st century version

Quotations and Homages

21st century version

A recital featuring newly-written works inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Mozart to Chopin to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Ustvolskaya to The Velvet Underground. In a program both serious and lighthearted, older works are brought to new light through piano/s, toy pianos, electronics and multimedia by contemporary composers Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Vera Ivanova, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Nick Norton, Isaac Schankler, Peter Yates, and Adam Borecki.

Most works on this program are featured on Shpachenko’s April 2018 Reference Recordings release Quotations and Homages.


Tom Flaherty Rainbow Tangle for piano and electronics (2015)
Inspired by Messiaen

Missy Mazzoli Bolts of Loving Thunder for solo piano (2013, rev. 2016)
Inspired by Brahms

Vera Ivanova 6 Fugitive Memories for solo piano (2015)
Inspired by Ustvolskaya, Prokofiev, Feldman, Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Debussy and Satie

Nick Norton Piano Piece for Mr. Carter’s 100th Birthday (2008)
Inspired by Carter

Isaac Schankler Future Feelings (2018)
Inspired by Chopin

Peter Yates Epitaphs and Youngsters for speaking pianist and multimedia (2015)
Inspired by Ives, Bach, de Falla, and Gershwin

Daniel Felsenfeld Down to You is Up for solo piano (1998, rev. 2015)
Inspired by The Velvet Underground

Tom Flaherty Igor to Please for solo piano and electronics (2016)*
Inspired by Stravinsky

*Igor to Please can also be performed in a solo toy piano/electronics, piano duo/electronics or 6 pianists/electronics (on 2 pianos and 2 toy pianos) versions with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee


Adam Borecki Accidental Mozart for piano and multimedia (2014)
Inspired by Mozart

When possible, the program can also include:

James Matheson Bagatelle for six pianists on three pianos, twelve hands (2012)
Inspired by Beethoven

Bagatelle is performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee on three pianos, when available

“Quotations and Homages” trailer
“Debutie” by Vera Ivanova