"Respectfully" by icelandic composer Árni Egilsson 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. 1 of the project's edition.
Àrni Egilsson about “Respectfully. A bass players’ perspective”
“I will never forget the incredible feeling I had when, in my first “real” job as the principal double bass player of the (now, sadly, defunct) Philharmonisches Orchester Nordwest in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, I played both Coriolan and Missa Solemnis during my first season there. From an orchestra bass player’s perspective, of all Beethoven’s works, I found these two both mesmerizing and transcending. The brilliance of the writing for my instrument is unsurpassed and sort of opens up your soul, thanks to the magic of Beethoven. “Respectfully”, both in a sombre and a bit light hearted way, depicts my deep admiration for Mr. Beethoven, a young man’s dreams of the future and an old man’s dreams of the past.”
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