John S. Hord (US) "Reminisces of Beethoven" - Susanne Kessel, piano

by Susanne Kessel, piano - "250 piano pieces for Beethoven", Vol. 7

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"Reminisces of Beethoven" by US-american composer John S. Hord is dedicated to Susanne Kessel.
It is part of Vol. 7 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. 7 of the project's edition.

All information about the project - and SHOP:
www.250-piano-pieces-for-beethoven.com

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John S. Hord about his piano piece “Reminisces of Beethoven”.

“Works embraced in this composition: Credo from Missa Solemnis, Op. 123; Piano Sonata Op. 14, No. 1; Piano Sonata Op. 2, No. 1; Piano Sonata Op. 110; Piano Sonata Op. 109; String Quartet Op. 132. Other areas within the composition are my interpretations of certain aspects of his personality.

This piece is to be played with abandon as if one is at home improvising with no particular goal in mind other than sheer spontaneity. This is a bit of fantasy emulating Beethoven at home, alone while being forced to practice but, when alone, using much of his time to explore sounds and develop his skills at improvisation. The various combinations of pitches and pedal usage in this work allow for the floating quality of memories and to illustrate the growth of Beethoven in making new sounds within the piano. The augmented fourth symbolizes the inner conflicts of Beethoven. Consonances symbolize moments of his acceptance of life and his love of nature.

I believe his love of nature was his visible expression of his love of God. The use of B-natural and F-natural are guideposts through this composition. Measure 1 – the whole notes are the lowest chromatic pitches on the 88 key piano. Measures 4 and 5 – the cry of the lone wolf. Coda – his final heartbeats are symbolized by the B-natural. The F major chord symbolizes his final release of the torments of his life and the acceptance of passing into peace. The final measure of paused silence is a quiet remembrance of, and thanksgiving for, his life and work.”

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released May 1, 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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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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