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Stephen Kovacevich Plays an Allemande

Let’s hear the stylistically immensely experienced Stephen Kovacevich perform the Allemande from J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 4 from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland in 2009. We are all very happy that Kovacevich decided not to quit playing the piano at the age of 32! Read more >>

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« on: October 29, 2017, 03:36:36 AM »

The composer, worn down and tired after a long day's work due to the demands of his bishop patron (or whatever), sits slumped by his harpsi/clavichord, his wig now unkempt and piles of sheet music spread all over the floor within the depths of a vast gothic cathedral where only the eerie candlelight now remains...and the moonlight by the enormous stained glass window overlooking him.

Fatigued mentally and physically, bored from all the work being asked of him, Mozart decides to take a break and improvises one of the greatest musical works ever made - the Fantasy in C Major.

After finishing, one of the clerics approaches him in awe. He had been peeping from the wall in astonishment at the sheer profundity of the music Mozart just spontaneously played.

(Translated roughly to English)

"Er...Herr Mozart...I think you should write that down. I...it's beautiful!"

"I don't think this will appeal...do you?"

Eventually he manages to persuade Mozart to write it down even though the composer knows it won't really appeal to his patrons. This is music he enjoyed creating, not music others really wanted to hear.

Centuries later, Samuil Feinberg discovers the work. Astounded by it, he decides to learn it and, after, record this masterpiece. Here is the result:

The above story is just my own, ha-ha! It's just the backstory I imagine when hearing this amazing work.

Has anybody here learned this piece? What do you think of it?

It seems to be perhaps one of Mozart's greatest solo keyboard works. Enough of the repetitive sonata forms and systematic melodies of those. This is something else!

I like to classify prominent works of composers into three categories: Everybody Knows It (EKI), Masterpiece for the Common Classical Nerd (MCCN), and Hidden Gem (HG).

Here are just a few examples I know, as far as keyboard music goes:

- EKI: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, WTC I
- MCCN: Art of Fugue
- HG: Chromatic Fantasy (?) Lol even I have a hard time.

- EKI: Nocturne in E-flat
- MCCN: Ballade no. 4
- HG: Polonaise-Fantaisie (Holy crap!)

- EKI: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Liebestraume No. 3, Consolation No. 3
- MCCN: Harmonies du Soir, Sonata in b minor
- HG: Ricordanza, Liebestraume No. 1, Consolation No. 2

- EKI: Rondo Alla Turca (OMG when will this STOOOP)
- MCCN: Fantasy in c minor k 475
- HG: Fantasy and Fugue in C Major k 394, Fantasy in c minor k 396 (You should give this one a listen - though they say it isn't entirely by his)

What do you think?

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