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Steffen Schorn (DE) "The Mad Code" - Susanne Kessel, piano / 1​,​50 €

by Susanne Kessel, piano - "250 piano pieces for Beethoven", Vol. 2

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"The Mad Code" by german composer Steffen Schorn is dedicated to Susanne Kessel.
It is part of Vol. 2 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. 2 of the project's edition.

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Steffen Schorn about his piano piece "The Mad Code":

"The piece rushes through a series of paradox emotional episodes: Fury, pride, innocent joy, sudden flashes of thoughts, crystal clear inner silence...

Inspired by a concert of Beethoven in Vienna after a several fruitful year, that is said to be a "desaster" because of "mammoth" programming - L.v. Beethoven had put all his new compositions in one orchestral concert preceded by his boundless improvisations on the piano - I have tried to put an extremely condensed collection of structured material of compositional ideas in a very short piece... and failed...

The 13+2 chords at the beginning represent the complementary pentatonics of 13 different non-symmetrical master scales (9-tone-modes) in a position of self-similar resonance, opposed to pure chords of C major 7, which appear horizontally and vertically in different transpositions throughout the piece.. tactile rhythmic percussion patterns... fast rotating harmo-melodic fields..."


released September 12, 2019
Executive producer: Susanne Kessel
Recording producer. Stephan Schmidt
Steinway D: Schoke Klaviere & pianos, Köln
Sheet Music: Editions Musica Ferrum / London
Supported by BTHVN2020 Jubiläumsgesellschaft gGmbH


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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

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