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"Deterioration" by british composer Hattie McGregor is part of Vol. 8 of Susanne Kessel's global composition project
"250 piano pieces for Beethoven"
Susanne Kessel, piano
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. 8 of the project's edition.
Hattie McGregor (*2001) about her piano piece „Deteroriation“:
“. . . Know that my noblest faculty, my hearing, has greatly deteriorated . . .” – Ludwig van Beethoven to Karl Amenda
„This piece represents the deterioration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hearing. While the idea for this comes from his physical illness, this interpretation is an image of the emotional pain he suﬀered due to a separation from listening to music. Based upon the adult composer, the introduction1 of pain and uncertainty becomes music of apprehension2, before morphing into nostalgia3 for his innocence and youth. This all represents resistance against change, against deterioration, which bursts later4 on in the piece. With an agonising but exhilarating release of resistance, the sound begins to metamorphose5 into one more uncertain, but is a less forgiving uncertainty than the beginning of the piece. Gaining momentum, fuelled by memories6 of the grieving introduction and a demented perspective7 on his innocent youth, the transformation collides, through persistent sounds8, with its climax9, the persisitance reminiscent of the sounds which penetrated into Beethoven’s mind. With a sudden but immediately calming halt10, the sound is brought back to what could be haunting, but is instead, completely emotionless.“
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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