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Christian Wolff (US​)​: "Short Beethoven Piece" for piano solo

by Susanne Kessel, piano "250 piano pieces for Beethoven", Vol. 5

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"Short Beethoven Piece" by US-american composer Christian Wolff is part of Vol. 5 of Susanne Kessel's global composition project

"250 piano pieces for Beethoven"

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. 5 of the project's edition.

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Christian Wolff about his piano piece "Short Beethoven Piece":

"How address briefly this imposing and sometimes wonderful composer? To make a shorter piece was requested, so I thought about Beethoven's having invented the short piece (the Bagatelles, the likes of which had not before existed). My piece is actually two adjoining very short pieces. There are glancing references to Beethoven - some extreme piano registers, a trill (a real presence, not, as in Baroque keyboard music, a way of sustaining a sound), and counterpoint, at the end, one line, then two, then four. Otherwise I just wrote as I usually do, bit by bit, discontinuous, but hoping that somehow it adds up."


released May 10, 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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