When Soft Voices Die

  • September 7, 1977
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Commissioned: Ursula Oppens

Dedicated to Ursula Oppens

Premiere: February 25, 1978; Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Ursula Oppens, piano

Duration: 15’




Three Pieces for Piano was commissioned by Ursula Oppens, and premiered by her on February 25, 1978 at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.


The New York TimesJohn Rockwell

"...Tobias Picker's When Soft Voices Die (1977), played by the pianist Ursula Oppens, was often concerned with extremes of dynamics. Of the two...the Picker indulged in surprising intimations of lyricism and wit."


When Soft Voices Die

Sheet Music 


Recording available on Wergo Records (Ursula Oppens, piano) and CRI (Oppens)


41FFCA8HB7L MI0001176502

For solo piano