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"Bagatelle mit cis" by german composer Stefan Thomas 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.
Stefan Thomas about his piano piece "Bagatelle mit cis"
“In a letter to Mathilde Wesendonck, Richard Wagner writes that to him the C# note in the beginning of the Eroica is “the note of the new music”. Of course he doesn't mean the C# as such, but more the way on how it appears! It comes surprisingly after a beginning that is very conventional up to that moment. This is an aspect of Beethoven's music which I consider interesting and exemplary, even today, without wanting to revive his tonal language, which is without any doubt a part of the past. Especially in a tonal language like mine, which is obliged to atonality – which is sometimes accused of sounding arbitrary – it came to me as a special challenge to allow a tonal sound at one specific part, of the piece, that is considered something really special that moment. I made an attempt with my “Bagatelle mit cis” to the above. Apart from that, though, there is another, more cryptic hint on Beethoven. The beginning rhythm in the upper voice is the same as the one in the first bars of the cello part in Eroica. I should note that I believe that any piece should be able to be heard and understood as an independent work.”
released September 19, 2019
Production: Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln, 2016
Recording Producer: Frank Schneider
Sheet Music: Editions Musica Ferrum / London
CD Vol 1: obst-music, Köln, prod.: Susanne Kessel
German pianist Susanne Kessel invited 250 composers all around the globe to write piano pieces "for Beethoven". In
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