For the anniversary of the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020, Bonn pianist Susanne Kessel invites composers from around the world to compose piano pieces which refer to Ludwig van Beethoven and his work. 250 piano pieces for Beethoven is a massive project, and I am honored to be a part of that.
On October 3rd, my contribution Für Eline was premiered at the Beethoven Fest at the Poppelsdorfer Schloß “Pianodrom”, Bonn.
Publication is expected in the end of 2017.
Being asked to write something for Beethoven made me think about the musical heritage he left us, all the works I heared in my childhood home, the sonata’s my father and I played.
I realised how many of the tools Beethoven liked to use, are used by so many others, and how much I am indebted to him; it is like Beethoven is in our DNA. For example, I like how he uses sequenses or a motoric motive with off-beat sforzandi, to name a few. This piece contains plenty of these. Contemplating heritage, the things we pass on, I thought of my two year old daugther Eline. And I hope she too will grow to appreciate the musical tools that are in this shared gene pool of musical history.