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The Merry Peasant

The Merry Peasant

Humorous variations on a theme by Robert Schumann in barious styles from Bach to Liszt


  • Instrumentation: piano
  • Order No.: ED 20904
€15.00  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.19 kg

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Description
The fun and fascination with disguising oneself to be someone else for a moment has been expressed many times in music through compositions such as Un ballo in maschera, Masquerade or Carnaval. In the humorous variations on a theme of Robert Schumann, Peter Wittrich lets the Fröhliche Landmann [Happy Peasant] slip into different roles and sets out with him on a journey through time from the Baroque to the modern era. In ten variations, Wittrich makes the "Landmann" familiar with the different styles and famous themes of the music epochs by treating Robert Schumann's popular theme contrapuntally in the sense of Bach, imposing Mozart's sonata form on it or letting the "Landmann" dance a proud polonaise with Frédéric Chopin. Der fröhliche Landmann also becomes a jazz pianist and improvises with Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Petersen in a blues sound before he indulges, in a Grand finale, in the brilliant virtuosity of the 19th century together with Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Rachmaninov. Apart from performing the entire work, individual variations can be arranged in small cycles according to preferences in style, e.g. for "Jugend musiziert", or counter-posed against the original work. A fresh and entertaining contribution to the Schumann Year 2010.
Details
Binding: Saddle stitching
Content text: Contrapuntal Exercises based on Bach-Prelude and Fugue
Your True friend W.A. Mozart
Forestan "amr in arm" with Chopin
Hungarian tribute to Bartók with one of Kurtág's "flowers"
Viennese medley
Eusebius and Fritz Kreisler in a (Viennese) woodland scene
Bobert, keep on groovin
New ways ahead for the Merry Peasant
Clowning tête-à-tête with Claude
Carnival scenes from Rio
Grand final brillant
Difficulty: intermediate to advanced
ISMN: 979-0-001-17268-4
Publisher: Schott Music
page number: 44
Performances
2020-04-02 | München (Germany), Einstein
The fun and fascination with disguising oneself to be someone else for a moment has been expressed many times in music through compositions such as Un ballo in maschera, Masquerade or Carnaval. In the humorous variations on a theme of Robert Schumann, Peter Wittrich lets the Fröhliche Landmann [Happy Peasant] slip into different roles and sets out with him on a journey through time from the Baroque to the modern era. In ten variations, Wittrich makes the "Landmann" familiar with the different styles and famous themes of the music epochs by treating Robert Schumann's popular theme contrapuntally in the sense of Bach, imposing Mozart's sonata form on it or letting the "Landmann" dance a proud polonaise with Frédéric Chopin. Der fröhliche Landmann also becomes a jazz pianist and improvises with Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Petersen in a blues sound before he indulges, in a Grand finale, in the brilliant virtuosity of the 19th century together with Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Rachmaninov. Apart from performing the entire work, individual variations can be arranged in small cycles according to preferences in style, e.g. for "Jugend musiziert", or counter-posed against the original work. A fresh and entertaining contribution to the Schumann Year 2010.
Binding: Saddle stitching
Content text: Contrapuntal Exercises based on Bach-Prelude and Fugue
Your True friend W.A. Mozart
Forestan "amr in arm" with Chopin
Hungarian tribute to Bartók with one of Kurtág's "flowers"
Viennese medley
Eusebius and Fritz Kreisler in a (Viennese) woodland scene
Bobert, keep on groovin
New ways ahead for the Merry Peasant
Clowning tête-à-tête with Claude
Carnival scenes from Rio
Grand final brillant
Difficulty: intermediate to advanced
ISMN: 979-0-001-17268-4
Publisher: Schott Music
page number: 44
2020-04-02 | München (Germany), Einstein