"Groll & Dank" by german composer Walter Zimmermann 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.
Walter Zimmermann about „Groll & Dank“ (for piano and toy piano)
“Groll & Dank” [resentment and gratitude] are composed like a sequence of folk dances, similar to the 12 counter-dances of Beethoven. However there isn’t a single quote from it. The combined under WoO 14 12 counter-dances were composed during the period of 1791-1801, so that they emerged before “Eroica” Op. 55. The dances take, on average, only a few seconds. Dance No. 5, in E flat major, lets the well known theme of “Eroica” theme sound. The only hidden original Beethoven quote in “Groll & Dank” is taken from the piece which Feldman named “A March to God”. Otherwise the lined up folk dances are transferred by a summation tones of the original set’s branched transparent structure, that is never quoted, but floats around like an illusion. The title “Groll” [resentment] refers to my piano concert exams. I did not pass because I started to improvise in the 3rd movement of “Les Adieux” and “Dank” [gratitude] that I could become a composer then, as I wasn’t fit in being a pianist.”
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