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Barry L. Roshto (US​/​DE) "250 250ths for 250th" - Susanne Kessel, piano / 1​,​50 €

by Susanne Kessel, piano - "250 piano pieces for Beethoven", Vol. 2

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"250 250ths for 250th" by US-american composer Barry L. Roshto is part of Vol. 2 of Susanne Kessel's global composition project

"250 piano pieces for Beethoven"

Susanne Kessel, piano

250 composers from all over the world are invited 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 plays 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. 2 of the project's edition.


Barry L. Roshto about his piano piece "250 250ths for 250th":

"This piece was inspired by the following joke: "Recently Beethoven was exhumed for the third time. He was found erasing all of his works. He was decomposing..." I applied the concept of "decomposition" to some of my own works several years ago, but only in a graphical sense.

As I was considering what to do for the project, I thought the decomposition idea could be applied in a broader, holistic sense to Beethoven's work I decided to use a reverse archaeological method. Instead of reconstructing an artefact from it's fragmants, I would start with the object and "decompose" it into fragments.

As the process of physical decay is governed by strict chemical and physical rules, I knew I had to use a process that avoided any randomness, producing fragments without any subjective manipulation. The reception "250 250ths for 250th", or whether these fragments can be connected by the listener to the original, is simpy a homoeopathic question. Can work for mone, maybe not for all. I only hope that what began as a joke does not end as one!"


released September 12, 2019
Executive Producer: Susanne Kessel
Recording Producer: Stephan Schmidt
Steinway D: Schoke Flügel & Pianos
Sheet Music: Editions Musica Ferrum / London


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Susanne Kessel Bonn, Germany

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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