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Frank Zabel (DE) - "Mashup - Elise in Warschau" - Susanne Kessel, piano - 1​,​50 €

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"Mashup - Elise in Warschau" by german composer Frank Zabel is dedicated to Susanne Kessel.

It is part of Vol. 1 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. 1 of the project's edition.

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Frank Zabel about his piano piece „Mashup-Elise in Warschau“

“A mashup in popular music means: a mixture of 2 or more songs by replacing the embodiment of some elements (special rhythms or sound colours or harmony changes…) in one song through the embodiment of the these elements like appearing in the other song(s). Experimenting, improvising with “Für Elise”, I morphed the characteristic beginning of this piece to the beginning of Ligeti’s 6th piano etude “Autumn in Warsaw” – fast notes moving in different octaves (unisons and minor seconds mainly). So I took Beethoven’s melody, dislocated the single notes in different octave registers, destroyed the original rhythm and added the „Ligeti-figuration“ as well as a little canon in the c major part. What you perceive is rather a „deja-vu“ than a transcription of the original piece – only at the end you will recognise “Für Elise”, hopefully with a little smile…”


from Vol. 1 - ALBUM / All 25 pieces of Vol. 1 - "250 piano pieces for Beethoven" / 25​​​,​​​- €, released September 21, 2019
Production: Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln, 2016
Recording Producer: Frank Schneider
Sheet Music: Editions Musica Ferrum / London
CD Vol 1: obst-music Köln, prod.: Susanne Kessel


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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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