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Watch Hilary Hahn play 'Mercy' on 'A Prairie Home Companion' / theStrad

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Throughout her career, Hilary Hahn has been an advocate for new music - In 27 Pieces: HH commissioned more than two dozen composers to write short-form pieces for acoustic violin and piano and toured these new works internationally over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons in countries such as Turkey, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Austria and Spain. The idea began to take shape when Hahn noticed that new encore pieces were not being showcased as much as other types of contemporary works. Shorter pieces remain a crucial part of every violinist's education and repertoire, and Hahn believed that potential new favorites should be encouraged and performed as well. 

Watch this clip courtesy of theStrad,  from American public radio programme A Prairie Home Companion, Hilary Hahn plays Mercy by Max Richter, written for 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores.'