Alan Hankers
Alan J. Hankers is the 1st prize winner in the music+culture 2013 International Competition for Composers.

Alan J. Hankers is a composer/pianist from Long Island, New York.

His honors include first place in both the SUNY Fredonia Composer's Competition and the music+culture International Competition for Composers. As a performer, he has presented recitals at the Staller Center for the Performing Arts and the Steinway Gallery (NY). As an active collaborator, he has accompanied choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists. In 2013, he attended the Golandasky Piano Institute at Princeton University on a full scholarship.

Alan is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Composition at SUNY Fredonia where he attends on composition, piano and academic scholarships. He has studied composition with Sean Doyle, Rob Deemer and Alex Nohai-Seaman, and piano with Sean Duggan and Stijn De Cock.

The Winning Work

Alan Hankers's composition, Rain, Fall, is lovely and sophisticated impressionistic work. The composer himself says of the music:

Rain, Fall for solo piano was composed during the winter of 2013. The concept behind the work was inspired by the sound and essence of rain.

When rain falls, the droplets descend at the same rate, however, they begin their fall at different points in time. As one listens to this natural phenomenon, the individual accent of each drop contributes to one overall texture. The piece sets out to capture this through use of a two-note gesture that appears on the same pitches and frequently in the same rhythm. As the piece progresses, this rain motif (water droplets falling at the same rate) make up several cells that are juxtaposed over one another, creating a watery cloud of sound.

The second theme of the piece is a folk-like melody that represents a rain song. This theme returns during the final section of the piece, where cells of the rain motif are free flowing; a significant event that has been foreshadowed throughout the entire work. In this way, the piece also pursues a more subjective approach with regards to the essence of rain.