William Bolcom



Guy Livingston and William Bolcom at the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris

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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