William Bolcom


I’ve admired Bill Bolcom for years, both for his amazing versatility (racconteur, improvisor, pianist) and his brilliant compositions. He’s well-known for his cabaret songs, his ragtime works, and many other humorous and entertaining pieces.  

But today I’d like to consider some of his more weighty works: the Piano Concerto, the first Violin Sonata, and Décalage for cello.


Theme Music:
Jan Jeroen (J.J.) Spijkervet & Immersive Sound
“American Highways” Jingle
Sounds About Right
composed for Concertzender

William Bolcom
Piano Concerto
1. Andante Spianato, Allegro
2. Regrets
3. Finale
Marc-André Hamelin; Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Ulster Orchestra
Hyperion ‎– CDA67170

William Bolcom
Violin Sonata No. 1
I. Legend
II. Nocturne
III. Quasi-Variations: Scenes From a Young Life
Solomia Soroka
NAXOS Naxos ‎– 8.559150

William Bolcom
Norman Fischer cello; Jeanne Kierman, piano
NAXOS 8.559348

Closing Music:
William Bolcom
Graceful Ghost Rag
Ying Quartet
Quartz CD

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