As we approach the closing stages of this incredible journey, we look back with gratitude to those who have helped make this project a reality. Florent Schmitt was one of the most important of all French composers, an individualist who defies the simplicities of classification. The Invencia Piano Duo has won high critical acclaim for its compelling interpretations of a vast and diverse repertoire.
Grand Piano has gained a reputation for producing high quality recordings of rare keyboard gems. Dedicated to the exploration of undiscovered piano repertoire, the label specialises in complete cycles of piano works by many lesser-known composers, whose output might otherwise have remained unknown and unrecorded. A treasure island of piano music — Spiegel Online.
The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. About this Release Catalogue No.: Your browser does not support the audio element. Andersens mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter, was uneducated and worked as a washerwoman following his fathers death in , she remarried in Andersen was sent to a school for poor children where he received a basic education and was forced to support himself, working as an apprentice for a weaver and, later.
At 14, he moved to Copenhagen to seek employment as an actor, having an excellent soprano voice, he was accepted into the Royal Danish Theatre, but his voice soon changed. A colleague at the theatre told him that he considered Andersen a poet, taking the suggestion seriously, Andersen began to focus on writing. Jonas Collin, director of the Royal Danish Theatre, felt a great affection for Andersen and sent him to a school in Slagelse.
Andersen had already published his first story, The Ghost at Palnatokes Grave, though not a keen pupil, he also attended school at Elsinore until He later said his years in school were the darkest and most bitter of his life, at one school, he lived at his schoolmasters home. There he was abused and was told that it was to improve his character and he later said the faculty had discouraged him from writing in general, causing him to enter a state of depression.
A very early fairy tale by Andersen, called The Tallow Candle, was discovered in a Danish archive in October , the story, written in the s, was about a candle who did not feel appreciated. It was written while Andersen was still in school and dedicated to a benefactor, in , Andersen enjoyed considerable success with the short story A Journey on Foot from Holmens Canal to the East Point of Amager.
Its protagonist meets characters ranging from Saint Peter to a talking cat, Andersen followed this success with a theatrical piece, Love on St. Nicholas Church Tower, and a short volume of poems. Piano four hands — Piano four hands is a type of piano duet in which the two players play on a single piano. A duet with the players playing separate instruments is generally referred to as a piano duo, Music written for piano four hands is usually printed so that the part for each player occupies the page which is directly opposite to him.
The upper part, for the pianist sitting on the right and with the music on the side of the page, is called primo, while the lower part. Such arrangements were popular before the development of recording technology. However, before this, Ernst Wilhelm Wolf, the director at Weimar in , had written one or more sonatas for two performers, which were published after his death.
Beethoven left but one sonata, op,45, and two sets of variations, none of which are of any great importance. In addition to these he wrote fourteen marches, six polonaises, four sets of variations, among the German Romantic composers, the four-hand works of Schumann and Brahms are the most interesting. Mendelssohn wrote only one work of the kind, although he himself arranged some of his orchestral works and also his Octet. An analogous idea was carried out by Brahms, who wrote two sets of waltzes for four hands and four voices.
Among his instrumental pieces, the best-known is 16 Waltzes. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Most of his career was spent in European venues, with the exception of two years that he spent as a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and a few years in Buenos Aires during the Second World War. Wolff was born in Paris, of Dutch parents, though he was a French citizen from birth, never lived in the Netherlands, when only 12 years old, he began his musical education at the Paris Conservatoire. He made his debut at an opera gala in Strasbourg on 9 May He remained in position for three years before being given an opportunity to conduct the premiere of Laparras La jota.
His made his debut on 21 November , in Gounods Faust, although Wolffs work with the company received consistently positive reviews from critics, he spent less than two full seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. Around this same time, he founded the Concerts Modernes Paris to provide a medium for the performance of new works. In he became conductor of the Concerts Pasdeloup, greatly extending his work in purely orchestral music. Sarabande — The sarabande is a dance in triple metre. The dance seems to have been popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, initially in the Spanish colonies.
A character in a Miguel de Cervantes farce alluded to the dances notoriety by saying that hell was its birthplace and it was banned in Spain in but still performed, even by clerics during the mass and frequently cited in literature of the period. It spread to Italy in the 17th century, and to France, baroque musicians of the 18th century wrote suites of dance music written in binary form that typically included a sarabande as the third of four movements.
It was often paired with and followed by a jig or gigue, the anonymous harmonic sequence known as La Folia appears in pieces of various types, mainly dances, by dozens of composers from the time of Mudarra and Corelli through to the present day. Resisting Tonality, Tippett, Beethoven and the Sarabande, debussy, masques, lisle joyeuseand a lost sarabande. The sequence of sarabande and air in Bachs keyboard partitas.
Pentatonic scale — A pentatonic scale is a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave in contrast to a heptatonic scale such as the major scale and minor scale. Pentatonic scales are common and are found all over the world. They are divided into those with semitones and those without, examples of its use include Chopins Etude in G-flat major, op. Hemitonic scales contain one or more semitones and anhemitonic scales do not contain semitones, for example, in Japanese music the anhemitonic yo scale is contrasted with the hemitonic in scale.
Hemitonic pentatonic scales are also called ditonic scales, because the largest interval in them is the ditone and this should not be confused with the identical term also used by musicologists to describe a scale including only two notes. Anhemitonic pentatonic scales can be constructed in many ways, the major pentatonic scale may be thought of as a gapped or incomplete major scale. However, the scale has a unique character and is complete in terms of tonality.