Swedish composers who played Chopin
External promoter: Wada Music Management
Saturday 16 November 2019 15.00Ends approximately 16.15
When discussing Swedish composers Ludvig Norman and Wilhelm Stenhammar, we often bring up their studies of German music. Both were pianists, and in addition to the German repertoire, they were pleased to perform music by Frédéric Chopin. In their works for piano, we can hear Chopin’s piano technique, which provided them with opportunities for expression in their own music.
Here, we will get to hear Lifvets Åldrar (“Ages of Life”), a suite which Norman played himself on his final concert tour, and Nights of Late Summer, Stenhammar’s last piece for piano.
Chopin moved from his beloved homeland of Poland to live in Paris, where he focused on composing music for his instrument: piano. Polonaise-Fantaisie is one of his last major works. Variations on Là ci darem la mano made the young Chopin known throughout the European music scene, thanks largely to Robert Schumann’s review: “Hats off, gentlemen – a genius!”
As a bonus, Kiyo and guest cellist Klas Gagge will play rare cello music by Stenhammar and Norman. We will hear fragments from Stenhammar’s cello sonata, edited by Kiyo Wada based on Stenhammar’s notes for a cello sonata that was never completed. We will also hear Norman’s Lied ohne Worte, an unpublished piece he composed at the age of 15.
This concert is a collaboration with Friends of Stenhammar.
The musicApproximate times
Ludvig Norman Lifvets åldrar - Sex karakterstycken for piano13 min
Wilhelm Stenhammar Nights of Late Summer for piano23 min
Wilhelm Stenhammar Fragment from Cello Sonata
Ludvig Norman Lied ohne Worte for cello and piano
Frédéric Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major for piano op 6113 min
Frédéric Chopin Variations on Là ci darem la mano from Mozart’s Don Giovanni for piano18 min
- Kiyo Wada piano
- Klas Gagge cello