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Oedipus the King: An interview with composer Scott Pender

  Anyone who follows this blog (or my musical career) knows of my passion for composer Scott Pender’s music. After discovering his piece, Tango: Ms. Jackson Dances for the People on the 1993 recording, Incitation to Desire: Tangos for Yvar Mikaschoff, I’ve made Scott’s piano solos a permanent part of my performance repertoire. I’ve featured many of his pieces on No Dead Guys , including Blue Jaunte, North Train, Counterfeits of the Past, Homage to Lou Harrison , The Devil’s Escalator , I Flew as in a Dream —in other words, almost every one of his Etudes . In 2015 I gave the world premier of his Three Impromptus as part of a live radio show on All Classical Portland . During that performance, I was given the chance to interview Scott as part of the broadcast. We'd been friends for nearly 20 years and it was the first time we’d ever spoken to each other. When we met in person a couple of years after that interview, we discovered shared passions that include a love of food and cook

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