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Artemy Mukhin (US) - "Defiance" - Susanne Kessel, piano / 1​,​50 €

by Susanne Kessel, piano - "250 piano pieces for Beethoven", Vol. 8

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"Defiance" by US-american composer Artemy Mukhin (*2005) is part of Vol. 8 of Susanne Kessel's global composition project

"250 piano pieces for Beethoven"

Susanne Kessel invited 250 composers from all over the world to write new piano pieces for Beethoven's 250th anniversary in the year 2020. All pieces refer to Beethoven's music and/or his life.
Susanne Kessel played the world premieres of all the piano pieces in Beethoven's birthtown Bonn. And further performances also in other cities and countries.

All pieces are published within a high quality sheet music edition by EDITIONS MUSICA FERRUM / London.

You can find the sheet music of this piece in Vol. 8 of the project's edition.

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Artemy Mukhin about his piano piece "Defiance":
„In „Defiance“ I wanted to convey some of Beethoven’s feelings about the events of his life and his defiant spirit.
First and foremost I organized the piece in small sections to make it easier to follow the events. Measures 1 – 13 set the background for a listener. A very mellow and thoughtful theme is set in these opening measures. Next, I transition my listeners into a beautiful dreamy section which represents Beethoven’s great successes and his recognition as a leading composer of his time. It is at this point that Beethoven starts noticing that he cannot hear as well as he could before, but he dismisses this and learns to live with the hearing loss. At measure 30 an observant listener can hear some ​distant bells
​ in the right hand. This is Beethoven strolling down the countryside outside Vienna, where he felt free and least burdened by his growing deafness. The distant bells help me paint the countryside, and also convey a feeling of his eternal loneliness. At around measure 36 Beethoven gets more and more alarmed about his condition. Doctors tell him, that he would become completely deaf unless he reduces his musical activity significantly and rests. Hopefully listeners can hear these emotional waves that create fear inside of Beethoven’s free and defiant nature. But Beethoven never stopped composing because he lived in his music. After the final dramatic crescendo, starting at measure 64 the sounds of the world gradually leave Beethoven and he is engulfed in silence.“

Special thanks to Jon Deak and Jessica Mays (The New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers, USA) for guidance and support.

Special thanks to composer David P. Graham (Bonn) who was the talent-scout of "250 piano pieces for Beethoven", Vol. 8


released April 20, 2019
Executive Producer: Susanne Kessel
Recording Producer: Stephan Schmidt
Steinway D: Schoke Flügel & Pianos
Sheet Music: Editions Musica Ferrum / London
Supported by BTHVN2020 Jubiläumsgesellschaft gGmbH


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German pianist Susanne Kessel invited 250 composers all around the globe to write piano pieces "for Beethoven". In celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250 anniversary in the year 2020, thshe plays all the 250 p ieces and publishes the sheet music within 10 festive Volumes at Editions Musica Ferrum / London. ... more

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