Vanished words


Wed 20.9.2017, 8 p.m., 2017-9-20T20:00 Schumannhaus

Vanished words

Fabian Müller (Piano)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy:
Six songs without words (volume 5), op. 62

Johannes Brahms:
Three intermezzi for piano op. 117

Béla Bartók:
Improvisations on hungarian peasant songs, op. 20 Sz 74

Robert Schumann:
Fantasy in C major, op. 17

During the classical and romantic periods, instrumental music was proclaimed to be the summit of musical expression, regardless of the instruments employed. But what was the role of ‘song’ in piano music as it grew increasingly popular? The young Bonn pianist Fabian Müller sets out to answer this question. Mendelssohn’s ‘Songs without words’ translate poetry into music; Robert Schumann, in his ‘C-major Fantasy’, quotes Beethoven’s ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ as a wordless declaration of love to Clara. Finally, Béla Bartók took orally transmitted ‘peasant music’ as the point of departure for an independent new style in the form of written-out improvisations.

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Joint event with the Bonn Schumannfest

Fabian Müller © Schilderoth

Fabian Müller © Schilderoth

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