*16.12.1932 Moscow


"The piano concerto was always my field of experimentation."

“I have written music for the piano throughout my entire creative life.”

For Rodion Shchedrin (Родион Щедрин) as a pianist, the piano has always been a particularly important instrument for his own music. He has composed countless piano works and a total of 6 piano concertos. Shchedrin embodies an extraordinarily free, personal style - a connection between Russian tradition and many facets of modernity. Shchedrin's music escapes all categories with charm and irony, and with its playful and experimental handling of traditions.


Here are the PIANOVERSAL listening tips with piano music by Rodion Shchedrin.

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*14 October 1952 in Helsinki

"...the music we write [...] is the sum of our perceptions and experiences…."
(in Klaus Jungheinrich: "Woher? Wohin? Die Komponistin Kaija Saariaho"; Ed. Schott, 2007/1015).

Kaija Saariaho is an important voice in the world of contemporary music. She has written only a few works for piano solo, but there are numerous Lieder and chamber music compositions with piano. Her  intensive, passionate and colourful five-movement trio for viola, violoncello and piano entitled "Je sens un deuxième coeur" deserves special mention.

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5.4.1869 Tourcoing  -  23.8.1937 Royan

Many renowned musicians have performed world premieres by Albert Roussel, such as Alfred Cortot, Jane Bathori, Robert Casadesus, Serge Koussevitzky, Marthe Dron and Louis Fournier. Roussel's music had a great impact on subsequent generations of composers. Even Witold Lutosławski described the important influence of Roussel's 1st Symphony on his own music.

Roussel wrote a rather small but varied oeuvre for piano: a compact, gripping Piano Concerto (1927), some solo works and chamber music with piano. His short composition Acceuil des Muses (1920) in memoriam Claude Debussy is particularly moving.

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12.6.1913 Casablanca - 13.11.1992 Paris

"Les grandes leçons de musique, ce ne sont pas les musiciens qui me les ont données. Je les ai reçues concrètement de la mer, du vent, de la pluie sur les arbres et de la lumière, ou encore de la contemplation de certains paysages que je recherche parce qu'ils ont l'air d'appartenir plus à la création du monde qu'à nos contrées civilisées."

"The great music lessons, it wasn't the musicians who gave them to me. I received them concretely from the sea, from the wind, from the rain on the trees and from the light, or from the contemplation of certain landscapes that I seek because they seem to belong more to the creation of the world than to our civilized territories."

Maurice Ohana
(source: www.mauriceohana.com)

Enjoy the PIANOVERSAL listening tips with piano and harpsichord music by Maurice Ohana!

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