In 2014, David Kaplan asked 16 composers he admired to write short pieces inspired by the Davidsbündlertänze, which is a collection of dance-like miniatures written early in the career of Robert Schumann, dedicated to his half imaginary band of musical acolytes. Each of the participating contemporary composers wrote an imaginative piece that engaged with Schumann’s original in a distinct way. The collection of pieces, interspersed and layered into Schumann’s score, form an album length set entitled: New Dances of the League of David.
Kaplan has performed this concert all over the country and abroad, including at the Ravinia Festival, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York. The premiere was hailed one of the “Top Classical Music Events of 2015” by The New York Times.
The commissioning project was sponsored by private support in collaboration with Lyrica Chamber Music, the Metropolis Ensemble, and Yamaha Artist Services.