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David Claman (US) "do sau pachaas (250​)​" - Susanne Kessel, piano

by Susanne Kessel, piano - "250 piano pieces for Beethoven", Vol. 10

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"दो सौ पचास सा – do sau pachaas (250)" by US-American composer David Claman is part of Vol. 10 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. 10 of the project's edition.

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David Claman about his piano piece दो सौ पचास सा – do sau pachaas saal (250):

“दो सौ पचास” simply means “two hundred fifty” in Hindi. This short piece takes the theme of the Andante con moto movement of Beethoven’s fifth Symphony and reimagines it using an unsystematic quartal interval structure and tampura drone accompaniment. Truth be told, Beethoven and his music strike me as decidely un-Indian; as having almost no connection to Indian music and culture. They are solidly rooted in the the European tradition. (One possible exception might be an explicit or implicit spiritual message present in his music and much of India’s classical music.)

Nevertheless, Susanne presented me with a challenge by encouraging me while composing this tribute to make use of my experience as a contemporary composer with a deep interest in Indian music. What would Beethoven be like were he alive today? What might his music sound like had he been exposed to music from around the world and to pitch structures different than those based on tertian harmony? My guess is that he would be very curious and knowledgable about such things.

I combined elements of both by removing harmony and rhythm and adding a drone accompaniment to suggest the unmetered alap of Indian classical music, and by using a melodic pitch structure based on intervals of the fourth rather than the third. What remains is the transformed but Rock solid and also vulnerable melody theme of his Andante con moto movement the fifth Symphony.

I’ll end with a brief anecdote about how we may think about time and history which perhaps has a tangential relation to Susanne’s interesting project. Not long ago I attended a concert of Indian classical music in New Delhi. I noticed the singer using an unusual vocal technique at certain times which I had not heard before. After the concert I asked an Indian singer friend about it. He said, “Yes, that is a recent innovation.” I said, “Really? How recent?” He said, “Two hundred years.” Maybe 250 years is not long ago, and Beethoven’s music—as is clearly the case—is alive and with us and innovative today.“


released March 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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