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Beethoven's piano Scherzo Woo 52 - arranged for orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Jun 27. 3 Replies

Just recently I heard a very unknown but fantastic Beethoven piano Scherzo which fascinated me and a Canadian friend so much that we tried to orchestrate it:…Continue

Adagio for string quartett on the notes B-A-C-H

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems May 9. 1 Reply

This is a very meditative Adagio in g minor for a stringquartett on the famous 4-note pattern B-A-C-H.The atmosphere  here is of deep sadness and pain. A contrasting second theme in Eb Major, a kind…Continue

Orchestrations of string quartetts and piano sonatas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerd Prengel Apr 19. 2 Replies

Besides composing I also find great joy in arranging piano sonatas or string quartetts from the old masters for symphony orchestra: Here the finale from Beethoven's great quartett op. 131:…Continue

Variations on a late Beethoven Adagio sketch for a sring quartett

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems May 9. 25 Replies

Among Beethoven's sketches for his quartett op. 130 a very beautiful Adagio tune was found. I liked this theme so much that in the last 2 weeks I wrote a variation movement for string quartett on…Continue

 

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Timothy Smith replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Beethoven's piano Scherzo Woo 52 - arranged for orchestra
" Wow! With my good headphones on I feel as if I payed to go to a concert!"
Jun 27
Gerd Prengel replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Beethoven's piano Scherzo Woo 52 - arranged for orchestra
"Dear Jos, thank you for your helpful remarks. I am always amazed about your "fine" ears. Please would you please check this new…"
Jun 27
Jos Wylin replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Beethoven's piano Scherzo Woo 52 - arranged for orchestra
"Hi Gerd, That is indeed the more 'mature' Beethoven: very thoughtful and elaborate. You did a splendid orchestration job again. I love the instrumentation and the question-answer style in which the woodwinds play a beautiful role. Well…"
Jun 22
Gerd Prengel posted a discussion

Beethoven's piano Scherzo Woo 52 - arranged for orchestra

Just recently I heard a very unknown but fantastic Beethoven piano Scherzo which fascinated me and a Canadian friend so much that we tried to orchestrate it:http://gerdprengel.de/Beeth_Woo52_orch.mp3 :-)GerdSee More
Jun 21
Gerd Prengel replied to Jos Wylin's discussion Beethoven, Serenata Op. 25, Menuet
"Never I would assume, that these are digitally rendered sounds! So natural - very good, Jos!  But I also never had guessed that this is from Beethoven ... sounds more like very early Haydn or so ... I am juast about to present here another…"
Jun 21
Gerd Prengel replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Work In B minor
"What a tenderness! I feel like hovering ... very beautiful, Saul!"
Jun 21
Gerd Prengel replied to Liz Atems's discussion Variations on a theme based on a Beethoven sketch
"Saul, I am very astonished about your assessment of this theme! Junk ?? I just can say that I adore it as a true gem coming out of Beethoven's genius!  Gerd"
May 20
Gerd Prengel replied to Liz Atems's discussion Variations on a theme based on a Beethoven sketch
"Dear Liz, I just listened to your piece and I just say "wow!" . In particular I love the 1st variation - what I tenderness you unfold here! Truly , as you said, a "mood of rapture" which I love so very much in…"
May 20
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Variations on a late Beethoven Adagio sketch for a sring quartett
"Thanks Gerd! I had a little trouble with the harmonization and in fact have already rewritten bars 14 & 15 as the voice leading was awkward. It keeps wanting to turn into the Adagio of Mahler's 3rd in my mind, so I have to be careful. As to…"
May 9
Gerd Prengel replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Variations on a late Beethoven Adagio sketch for a sring quartett
"Wow, Liz, the more I listen to your version the more I like it! I am very curious how you would create variations to it..."
May 9
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Adagio for string quartett on the notes B-A-C-H
"I think this is the second time I've seen this work of yours, though the other time may have been on the GMG site. Very impressive polyphonic writing, Gerd - and though the idiom is tonal, no one would mistake this for a work from before the…"
May 9
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Variations on a late Beethoven Adagio sketch for a sring quartett
"Score had a typo...corrected."
May 9
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Variations on a late Beethoven Adagio sketch for a sring quartett
"Just for comparison, I finished writing out my version of the basic variations theme, an A-B-A form of which the second "A" section is the Beethoven sketch theme, richly harmonized for full quartet. I'll try to attach it and the…"
May 9
Gerd Prengel replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Two Works for Solo Piano - Scores Included
"Dear Saul, especially the first piece is such a tender and beautiful gem of music! I love it very much and reminds me of the transcendence of some of Bach'spiano works. Thank you! Gerd"
May 9
Gerd Prengel posted a discussion

Adagio for string quartett on the notes B-A-C-H

This is a very meditative Adagio in g minor for a stringquartett on the famous 4-note pattern B-A-C-H.The atmosphere  here is of deep sadness and pain. A contrasting second theme in Eb Major, a kind of  choral, rises up from this like a solemn prayer conveying the love of God. Both parts are repeated but with even more intensity of expression.http://gerdprengel.de/b-a-c-h.mp3…See More
May 9
Gerd Prengel replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Variations on a late Beethoven Adagio sketch for a sring quartett
"Thank you!! Without your help and advice I would not have done these improvements! :-)"
May 3

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical + neo Classical Music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Darmstadt, Germany
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I am mostly influenced by (Vienna) Classical music and so this is also the style I love to compose. So far I wrote a symphony, a string quartett, a piano sonata, a violin sonata and some smaller pieces. Also I love to orchestrate classical piano or string quartett pieces (Well tempered piano by Bach, Beethoven's last 3 piano sonatas, . . .), I
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At 6:51pm on April 20, 2020, Markus Boyd said…

I have visited your website and very impressed with your works. Your symphony is a remarkable achievement 

At 10:57am on February 8, 2020, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Gerd!

 
 
 

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