Old First Church, San Francisco
Sarah Cahill, piano
“…utterly marvelous… the premiere of Harold Meltzer’s ‘Snow White’ from his seven part Brothers Grimm cycle….
“Meltzer’s ‘Snow White’ proved an equally rewarding experience. Contrary to what one might expect from such a title, this turned out to be a serious work. Again short, it made much of the harp-like resonance of the piano, largely through fanciful pedal effects. One ended up hearing the lyrical music in a kind of halo of echoes.
“Well organized in architecture, ‘Snow White’ seems concerned with the mystical tragedy within the tale — music about Snow White’s situation, not the Seven Dwarfs. Most of the Grimm fairy tales are more than a little grim and not infrequently grotesque. Meltzer certainly made one think along those lines. I cannot say that I’ve previously heard anything like this effective piece.”
- August 15, 2003: Sarah Cahill, piano, Old First Church, San Francisco, California
- April 22, 2004: Harold Meltzer, piano, Greenwich School Music House, New York City
- March 29, 2007: Emily Manzo, piano, Till By Turning, Wesleyan University Memorial Chapel, Middletown, Connecticut
- March 31, 2007: Emily Manzo, piano, Till By Turning, Friends Seminary Meeting House, New York City
- July 16, 2011: Joan Forsyth, piano, Warebrook Festival, Irasburg, Vermont
- November 3, 2012: Stanley Wong, piano, Hong Kong City Hall
- July 5, 2013: Olga Vinokur, piano, Bargemusic, Brooklyn, New York