Schattenspie(ge)l ('Shadow play/shadow mirror'), a trio for
violin, cello and piano, was composed in 2006 to a commission from the
'Trio Caleidoscopio'. It is dedicated to Rudolf Kelterborn on his 75th
birthday, and also to Primoz Novsak, Thomas Grossenbacher and Keiko
Tamura, who gave the world première on 19 November 2006 at a Chamber
Music Subscription Concert in the Zurich Tonhalle.
Schattenspie(ge)l alludes to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano
Trio in G Major, KV 564, as well as to the Second Piano Trio in E Minor
by Dmitri Shostakovich. These two works are not quoted in a manner that
the ear can hear, however; they are merely present, structurally, in the
background. The four contrasting movements are derived from the same
basic cell, possess the same formal structure, and they together form a
unity on account of the many cross-references between them.
Alfred's Essentials of Jazz Theory
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recommended that you have a good understanding of basic theory, such as
the lessons in Books 1-3 of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory.
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and ear-training and listening are addressed through the included CDs.
Each unit is complete with a review section. Playing and/or singing
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The genesis of Mendelssohn's string quintets is closely connected to his
friend Eduard Rietz and the latter's brother Julius. Deeply affected by
Eduard's death in 1832, Mendelssohn exchanged the "Minuetto" movement
in his A major Quintet op. 18, written six years previously, for a newly
composed adagio. It was in this form that the work was fi nally sent to
the publisher. The Quintet in B flat major was only published after
Mendelssohn's death; numerous, unauthorized entries by Julius Rietz thus
found their way into performance practice.
The first Urtext edition of Ravel's masterwork! This new critical edition is based on Ravel's original autograph and includes corrections of numerous errors to the first edition. Also includes a forward, facsimile pages and critical commentary.
The composition of the first string quartet "From My Life" was preceded by a period of fateful changes in Smetana's life. In 1874 he lost his hearing. Two years later he moved with his family to Jabkenice in the countryside, which seemed to him like an expulsion; he suffered from his deafness and missed contact with like-minded company. He presented the string quartet as a conversation within a close circle of four friends who discuss what is tormenting them. It is a kind of passionate and resigned dialogue between a spirited person and his destiny. Smetana's first string quartet soon became one of the most frequently performed works in the quartet repertoire.