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"250 piano pieces for Beethoven - Vol. 6
"Asking Wolfgang" by polish composer Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz is dedicated to Susanne Kessel.
It is part of Vol. 6 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. 6 of the project's edition.
Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz about her piano piece „Asking Wolfgang“:
„The piece Asking Wolfgang was inspired by the Beethoven’s famous and mysterious question „Muß es sein?“ (Must it be?) which he wrote in the manuscript of the last movement of his late String Quartet op. 135, No. 16 in F major. In this quartet he responds to this question himself: „Es muß sein!“ (It must be!). But is it the only possible answer?
The Polish composer imagined Beethoven asking this question to his older colleague, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His answer is connected with his greatest opera, „Die Zauberflöte“ („The Magic Flute“), and might be surprising… However, in order to find out, what he responded to Beethoven, you need to listen to the piece.
Asking Wolfgang is dedicated to the excellent pianist Susanne Kessel and was written for her wonderful and inspiring project “250 piano pieces for Beethoven”.
released May 9, 2019
Executive Producer: Susanne Kessel
Recording Producer: Stephan Schmidt
Steinway D: Schoke Flügel & Pianos
Sheet Music: Editions Musica Ferrum / London
The recordings were supported by BTHVN2020 Jubiläumsgesellschaft gGmbH
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