Hersch: Three Character Studies

Hersch: Three Character Studies

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Three Character Studies are my first set of fully-notated piano pieces. They are studies in that each piece emphasizes a technical or pianistic element; they are character studies because each one is inspired by someone I know. The Nocturne for Left Hand Alone is for my longtime piano teacher, Sophia Rosoff; she has a special fondness for Rachmaninoff and Scriabin. The Little Spinning Song is for fabric artist Penny Sisto. The Study in Thirds and Sixths is for my cat, Spike; though he is now in the great litterbox in the sky, this recalls his spirited and sneaky personality. - Fred Hersch, 2004

1. Nocturne for Left Hand Alone, 2. Little Spinning Song, 3. Study in Thirds and Sixths.