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"Inspired by Beethoven" by british composer Edward Mead is part of Vol. 8 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. 8 of the project's edition.
Edward Mead über sein piano piece „Inspired by Beethoven“:
„In terms of style of writing, this piece is by no means an imitation of Beethoven’s own. Rather, it has been written in the spirit of his writing, meaning that it is in an individual style, rather than exact imitation of another’s. I have made, in this piece, several connections to Beethoven, some directly, others through other people inspired by him. Harmonically, this piece generally consists of fairly common diatonic chords, but I believe the combinations, and the ways they’ve been but together are less common. In this sense, I have taken inspiration from the writing of Ralph Vaughan Williams, who could do this masterly. (My other two big inspirations, when writting this, were Thomas Newman and Eric Whitacre.) Something important, that is sometimes written in markings on the score, and other times only implied by the music itself, is ﬂexibility of tempo. The upward pointing arrows signify a moving forward in tempo, or more movement, while the downward pointing arrows mean a pulling back, or decreasing in movement. But these markings don’t mean that everything else should be played in strict time, but with sensitivity. Indeed, this applies not only for tempo, but also for shape, and colour, amongst others.“
Special thanks to John Cooney (Yehudi Menuhin School, UK) for advice and support.
released April 20, 2019
Executive Producer: Susanne Kessel
Recording Producer: Stephan Schmidt
Steinway D: Schoke Flügel & Pianos
Sheet Music: Editions Musica Ferrum / London
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