‘Piano Chord: A Concerto in B Minor’ is the best of the best!
On November 16, 2016, composer Richard Wagner and his son, son-in-law and wife, conductor Alexander Schlesinger, were awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
The award is given to “writers of original works of American literature whose extraordinary achievement deserves to be recognized for the breadth of its subject matter and the power of its impact.”
This year’s winning piece is “Piano Sonata in B minor,” an 8-movement, 1-hour orchestral composition from Wagner’s first published opera, “The Marriage of Figaro.”
Wagner is credited with having made the first piano concerto (or symphony) and a major symphony.
It is one of the most successful pieces in the history of classical music.
It’s also a key piece in Schlesingers recent book “Pianist: The Life and Times of a Musical Artist,” which explores his relationship with music.
Pianists are renowned for their mastery of the piano, a style that has developed over time and is based on the rhythmic technique of the viola and the tambourine.
In the late 1800s, pianists began making orchestric works in the hope of creating music that would “fit into the rhythm of life.”
The modern composer, composer and pianist Michael Chopin, is the first composer to use a piano to compose a piece of music.
In his first composition, “Piatano’s Overture” (1882), Chopin was able to achieve a “perfect harmony” between a violin and a bass clarinet, and to produce a very powerful, and yet “inappropriate, harmony.”
In his first major symphonic work, “Les Sonnes” (1910), Chopins son, Louis Chopin , recorded the first symphonies, including the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major and the Piano Sonata No. 2 in C minor.
His “Pieta” (in D major) and “La Traviata” ( in C major) were both premiered by the Russian National Orchestra.
Schlesinger was a leading member of the New York Philharmonic, which in 1904 had produced the first ever orchestrian recording of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in E minor.”
This piece, recorded in 1903, was the first in a series of orchestrics that would become known as the “Schlesingers Symphonies.”
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