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Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
World Premiere
Marktplatz, Bonn
Susanne Kessel, piano
Composer's Notes

At the end of May 2017, Ludwig, wann? (‘Ludwig, when?’) took shape in my head as quick as a flash without me thinking about it much. And without me intending it that way, the piece has exactly 57 bars – the number of years Beethoven lived. Is that number a coincidence or not …? The motifs in this piece are well known, from Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 in C minor to the Finale of the 9th Symphony. I tried to evoke the atmosphere of Beethoven’s piano works, dense with emotions, and to forge a link musically with the 21st century.
Leon Gurvitch

Ludwig, wann? is dedicated to Susanne Kessel and “250 piano pieces for Beethoven”.


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