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On Tuesday evening, October 26, 2004, The Tcherepnin Society presented pianist Stephen Gosling in a commemorative recital, Alexander Tcherepnin and his Students, in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City. The program featured a pair of Alexander Tcherepnin’s keyboard masterpieces from two different periods, the 1920s and 1950s, and music by five Tcherepnin students who went on to enjoy significant composing careers: Robert Muczynski, John Downey, Phillip Ramey, Gloria Coates and, of course, Alexander’s son, the late Ivan Tcherepnin.

The evening was an unqualified success. Messrs. Muczynski and Downey were unable to attend, but sent their good wishes. Phillip Ramey was present, however, as was Gloria Coates, who had flown in from her home in Germany for our concert and another New York performance of her music the previous week. Mr. Gosling, today New York City’s veritable pianist of choice for a wide variety of new music repertory, performed with extraordinary technical command and musical insight; the uncommonly attentive audience maintained dead silence during the music and applauded each piece with great enthusiasm. Many listeners were struck by both the quality and the variety of music: each of the students displayed a striking personal idiom unlike any of the others, and the result was a broad spectrum of twentieth century styles. Following Mr. Gosling’s impressive performance of Alexander Tcherepnin’s Twelve Preludes, Op. 85 at the close of the program, the audience gave the pianist a standing ovation.

At the wine and cheese reception after the concert in Weill Recital Hall lounge, photographer William Wong took the photographs reproduced below. Several pages from the program have also been reproduced.

Click here for information about special gift mementos of the concert offered to members in thanks for their contributions.

Click here for a PDF of this concert program.

Composer Phillip Ramey and pianist Stephen Gosling
Tcherepnin Society Chairman Peter Tcherepnine, pianist Stephen Gosling and composer Gloria Coates
Tcherepnin Society President Benjamin Folkman and composer Gloria Coates
A young composer and two veterans: Stefan Tcherepnin, Gloria Coates, Phillip Ramey
Tcherepnin Society Director of Development Philip Krone and pianist Stephen Gosling


On August 19 and 20, 2004, cellist Hai Zheng performed two Alexander Tcherepnin works on New York’s popular Barge Music concert series.

On October 22 and 24, 2004, the CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER presented a program including Alexander Tcherepnin’s Cello Sonata No. 1 in its regular series of concerts at Alice Tully Hall, with cellist Ronald Thomas and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.

On November 16, 2004, DA CAPO CHAMBER PLAYERS presented the first performance of a new work by Ivan Tcherepnin’s son Sergei Tcherepnin as part of its Premieres and Explorations Series at NY’s Merkin Concert Hall. The piece is entitled look up firefly the night is calling, and is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The concert also included works of John Harbison, Chinary Ung, Dai Fujikura, Alexandra Hermentin and Robert Paterson.

On November 19, 2004 at 8pm, New Music Circle presented Los Angeles-based filmmaker Eric Martin’s USA Film, scored by Ivan Tcherepnin, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. This seventeen minute film depicts a mile by mile cross-country trip from New York City to San Francisco. In Ivan’s words, the sound track for USA Film is “a fantasy version of the sounds, inner and outer, which the road traveler might hear on his rapid cross-country trip.” This event also presented Robert Voisey's 60x60 project, showcasing sixty new works, each sixty seconds or less, by sixty composers in a continuous sixty minute concert, for a one-hour cross-section of contemporary music.

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