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Repertoire: American Double strives to familiarize audiences and other musicians with well-established composers of American and European origin whose works for violin and piano are underrepresented in the concert repertoire.  While Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven are deservedly revered as great examples of compositional genius and their creative contributions represent the pinnacle of artistic achievement, this has led to a tendency to over perform these masterworks.  American Double is committed to diversifying the repertoire with works by established composers whose output for violin and piano are less well known but nonetheless masterfully crafted and emotionally compelling.  In this way, the audience is assured of a refreshing contrast.  For example, composers such as Americans Quincy Porter and Irving Fine were well respected in their time (Porter was a Pulitzer-Prize winner in 1954); among contemporary composers, we believe that William Bolcom’s works for violin and piano can have the same effect, which is, in part, why we decided to record them.  If violinists and pianists of today and tomorrow can be familiarized with these works, we feel that both the audience and the performers will benefit from the refreshing effect that works of quality can have on the undeniable masterworks that make up the bulk of the concert repertoire. 

interpretation: Besides performing exciting new repertoire, American Double offers its audiences interpretations developed through a three-fold approach: technical virtuosity, passion and intellectual awareness.  We feel that engaging a work cognitively as well as emotionally deepens our interpretation and provides the audience with a more fulfilling creative experience. Double also strives to play by memory as much as possible. We find that a music stand often acts as a barrier between the performer and audience.  Additionally, memorization is an established tradition in solo playing and has the added benefit of ensuring the high level of preparation necessary.

Question Everything: Through creatively challenging established conventions, we have come across other ideas for enriching the musical experience of our audiences.  One has to do with the placement of the violinist: instead of standing in front of the pianist, standing behind him emphasizes the equality between the instruments in a tangible way.  Additionally, the performance space/venue itself can influence the audience’s experience of the concert.  For this reason, we have instituted Private Recitals in order to play chamber music as it is originally meant to be, in a “chamber”.  The reaction to these concerts has been overwhelmingly positive!

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