08/11/2016 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Pianist Ivan Ilíc gives premiere of rediscovered piano transcription

3f885ab2-4155-41ba-aa1f-8e6ebf8d4805

 

The background behind the rediscovered piece...

 

Karl David Stegmann (1751-1826) was a versatile musician. A tenor, harpsichordist, conductor, and composer, he sang in the first German-language performance of Don Giovanni. He also had a passion for transcription, which he indulged by arranging twenty-odd Haydn symphonies for solo keyboard. The symphonies were published but quickly forgotten.

 

In January 2016, the neighbor of a centenarian in Cologne came into a legacy. For helping Anny Gries with her groceries from time to time, Tordis Tesmer inherited a crate of scores, blackened with dust. She told her friend Veronika Lindenmayr about the gift... who told her friend, Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilić. Among the grimy scores – of which many were first editions from the 19th century – was a worthy discovery: Haydn’s Symphony no 44, ‘Trauer’, which works astonishingly well as a concert piece. Ilić premiered the transcription at London’s Piano Day in March 2016, and went on to perform the symphony at Ludlow Music Society, in Berlin, and throughout France. There are plans for a CD for 2018.

Watch Ivan play the Presto from the transcription! 

 

Back to News

08/11/2016 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

The world’s top 5 most expensive pianos

Join us as we look at the world's most lavish and luxurious pianos! ...


What is The Alexander Technique and how can it help me improve?

Learn how to implement this ground-breaking technique into your every-day practice. ...


In praise of the piano in Chamber Music

Daniel Tong argues the case with a new festival featuring a competition, masterclasses and celebrity recitals. ...


Trinity Laban buys five new Steinways with £500,000 donation from Trinity College London

Renowned musical conservatoire Trinity Laban takes a delivery of five handcrafted Steinway B grand pianos. ...


Other News

The Galaxy Piano

Royal College of Music graduate Alec Coles-Aldridge investigates the piano designed for luxury over acoustic ...


Music and Computer Science: a surprisingly successful match

Jazz pianist, composer, and teacher Mark Polishook gives us a mind-blowing insight into his project: ...


3 quick tips on how to unlock your creativity when arranging

Get your creative juices flowing with 3 quick and easy tips. ...


Legendary 'Shine' pianist David Helfgott to perform at Cadogan Hall on 13th October

His documentary film, 'Hello I am David!' also premieres on 11th October in connection with World Mental ...