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Hommage à trois: A Monument for Beethoven

Beethoven’s Anniversary in 2020


When Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann met, they felt a strange mixture of fascination and irritation towards each other. On the one hand the dazzling, extroverted star pianist Liszt, composing mostly brilliant pieces for his own use, on the other hand the introverted composer of sensitive, poetical music, who had to end his intented career as a pianist due to an injury of one of his ring fingers. Being that oppositional, both shared one deeply admired ideal: Ludwig van Beethoven.

When the city of Bonn planned to build a monument on the occacion of Beethoven’s 75th birthday in 1845, both musicians contributed in very individual ways to this project: Liszt, the man of publicity, covered about one quarter of the total costs for the monument from his private property and personally directed the grandious ceremony when it was uncovered in front of a large number of royal guests on 12 August 1845.

Schumann, in turn, found a very private, intimate way of contributing, an “Hommage à trois” in form of his famous Phantasy in C major. He dedicated the piece to Liszt while the music itself refers to both, his adored Clara Wieck and the admired Beethoven when it quotes “An die ferne Geliebte” and the funeral march theme from the 7th Symphony which Schumann also used for his variations WoO 31.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Etudes (variations) on a theme by Beethoven
  WoO 31 (extracts)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) / Franz Liszt Transcription of the Symphony No. 7 for piano
(1811-1886)  
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) / Franz Liszt Transcription of the song „An die ferne Geliebte“
(1811-1886) for piano
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Phantasy in C major op. 17
Programmvorschläge 2019-2020  
   
Variations from four Centuries  
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) Cento Partite sopra Passacagli
Anton Webern (1883-1945) Variations op. 27
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 30 in E major op. 109
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations BWV 988
   
   
Schumann Phantasies  
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Papillons op. 2
Heinz Holliger (*1939) „Elis“ - Drei Nachtstücke for piano
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) Tierkreis (extracts)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke op. 12
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György Kurtag (*1926) Extracts from „Játékok“
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Fantasy in C major op. 17
   
   
Schubert in a minor  
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Sonata No. 4 in a minor D. 537
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Sonate No. 14 in a minor D. 784
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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Sonate No. 16 in a minor D. 845
   
   
Beethoven’s Testament  
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 30 in E major op. 109
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 31 in A flat major op. 110
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 32 in c minor op. 111
   
   
J. S. Bach Cycle  
Each part can be performed as single recital as well.  
Part I The Art of the Fugue BWV 1080
Part II The Well-Tempered Clavier I BWV 846-869
Part III The Well-Tempered Clavier II BWV 870-893
Part IV Goldberg Variations BWV 988
   
   
Cage pure  
John Cage (1912-1992) Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano
Beethoven - Cage  
Two pianos are required, one will be prepared by  
Cédric Pescia.  
John Cage (1912-1992) In a landscape
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Extracts from the Bagatells alternating with
John Cage (1912-1992) Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano
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John Cage (1912-1992) Music for Toy Piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 32 in c minor op. 111
John Cage (1912-1992) 4'33''

Cédric Pescia & Philippe Cassard - piano for four hands


Franz Schubert - The Year 1828

Cédric Pescia and Philippe Cassard present a concert in three parts with the late piano works of

Franz Schubert, composed in the last year of his life 1828.

Part I (ca. 80 min.)  
3 Piano Pieces D 946 (Cassard)  
Allegro in a minor „Lebensstürme“ D 947 (both)  
Sonata Nr. 19 in c minor D 958 (Pescia)  
   
Part II (ca. 45 min.)  
Rondo D 951 (both)  
Sonata No. 20 in A major D 959 (Cassard)  
   
Part III (ca. 60 min.)  
Fantasy in f minor D 940 (both)  
Sonata No. 21 in B flat major D 960 (Pescia)  
   

 
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Rondo in A major D 951
  Allegro in a minor „Lebensstürme“ D 947
  Extracts from 3 Pieces for piano D 946 (Pescia)
  Impromptus op. 142 (Cassard)
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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Fantasy in f minor D 940

Cédric Pescia’s Score Library | A pianistic flip-book

Concept: Georg Nussbaumer

A professional pianist, though mostly performing by heart on stage, always possesses a large collection of scores, hundreds of booklets and loose papers in a never completed archive of pianistic literature. Famous masterpieces stand alongside quaint personal predilections. Some scores have been bought some day but never played, others remind the early piano lessons in the childhood.

It is the purpose of this programme to make the whole score library from A to Z - Cédric Pescia’s contains about 1.000 issues - sound in a kind of pianistic flip-book. The resulting piece is a colourful collage merging works from Albeniz, Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Brahms etc. until the last one of the alphabet Wolf, Yun and Zimmermann. Some “rests” are added in the “coda”: Teaching material, opera scores, the pages shattered on and around the piano.

Georg Nussbaumer has elaborated exact rules for Cédric Pescia how to extract and reassemble the numerous paper shavings. Listen to a sounding, very personal score encyclopaedia which mixes well-known music with pianistic oddities in steady change of tempo, key and texture - a challenging but rewarding experience for our ears!