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"Werden Menschen Brüder? Alle?" by Dutch composer Miranda Driessen (*1969) is part of Vol. 9 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. 9 of the project's edition.
Miranda Driessen about her piano piece “Werden Menschen Brüder? Alle?”:
“Looking at the state of Europe, at the very start of 2019, one wonders what is left of the ideas of the Enlightment that shaped it. A few decades in the last century it almost seemed as if it ﬁnally reached an almost triumphant ﬁnale: from the breakdown of the Berlin Wall, now almost 30 years ago, resulting in the reunion of the two Germany’s, to the monetary union founded in Maastricht in 1992 (where I happened to study at the time) resulting in the introduction of the Euro, now exactly 20 years ago. More and more countries became members of the EU, and everything seemed to be ﬁne until somewhere in the ﬁrst decade of the new Millennium the tide slowly altered. And now, on this second day of the New Year, we’re at the brink of Brexit, the birthplace of European culture Greece still in a precarious economic state, politicians calling for new walls around the Mediterranean, countries refusing to allow refugees, other countries complaining too much of their wealth being drained to other countries. What would Ludwig think of all this, his Ode to joy theme being the ofﬁcial anthem of the European Union?
According to Slavoj Zizek Beethoven already questioned the idea of universal brotherhood in his 9th Symphony, his revolutionary idealism being shattered before by Napoleon’s narcissism. The question when it comes to the ideology of universal brotherhood is: Werden alle Menschen Brüder? Or is there someone exluded? The second part of Ode to joy stands in sharp contrast to the ﬁrst, being more vulgar and ultimately outrageous. It expresses a joy of united humanity that’s over the top, running out of hand. According to Zizek Beethoven here tells the true story of that which disturbs the ideology of universal brotherhood and the eventual failure to constrain or tame it.
Hence, my question…”
released April 10, 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
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