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"The Vampire, Even in Las Vegas and Manhattan, Still Dreamed of Heiligenstadt" by US-american composer Paul Kellach Waddle 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. 9 of the project's edition.
“ I worked on the plethora of sketches of this piece (despite it’s short length!) for a VERY long time before I actually conglomerated them into the form and sound I wanted. The title comes from the fact that I do not just compose at my piano and/or in a room. I write EVERYWHERE: bars, casinos, stoplights, subways, buses, planes, etc.
I was putting together my very FINAL versions of the sketches to this piece during one of my many trips to Las Vegas per year, and during a week in New York City when I was very blessed to be hearing another piece of mine in Carnegie Hall. And as of this print, 80% of my music has something to do with Vampires. We look at the Beethoven 250 project idea and you add NYC, Vegas, Vampires, and the subject matter, and that I am ALWAYS dreaming about all of my pieces that are in progress, and voila, from that springs my title.
The technical program of this piece is my desire to create a rather surrealistically dreamlike atmosphere and harmony set by ironically using actually rather everyday, if not completely mundane materials. Said materials are the fact that save for a few passing chords, and a few harmonies that are definitely my own, this piece’s 32 main tonalities are indeed the tonic chords of all 32 LVB piano sonatas appearing in order. Sometimes these chords are cadenced into, sometimes they are passing, and sometimes they are juxtaposed on top of each other.
Deep and profound thanks to Maestra Kessel for including me in this project!!!“
released April 10, 2019
Executive Producer: Susanne Kessel
Recording Producer: Stepham Schmidt
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