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Sonatina 'ad usum infantis Madeline M* Americanae', BV268

1915; Sonatina No 3

Michael Zadora (piano)
Recording details: January 1938
Friends of Recorded Music, Germany
Release date: November 2009
Total duration: 5 minutes 31 seconds

Cover artwork: Front cover photograph courtesy of Malcolm Binns.

Other recordings available for download

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Egon Petri October 2015 Release


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The Sonatina ‘ad usum infantis Madeline M* Americanae’ (No 3, 1915) is dedicated to a girl of probably eighteen who was a friend of Busoni’s elder son, Benvenuto. It consists of five movements, of which the third is a march and the fifth a polonaise later used as the concluding number of the opera Arlecchino (1914–16). Busoni may have intended it for the harpsichord (‘pro clavicimbalo [sic] composita’)—he had purchased a specimen from Arnold Dolmetsch in 1910—but it is usually played on the piano (only two of the fifteen or so recordings use the harpsichord).

from notes by Marc-André Roberge © 2013

La Sonatina «ad usum infantis Madeline M* Americanae» (nº 3, 1915) est dédiée à une fille probablement âgée de dix-huit ans qui était une amie de son fils aîné, Benvenuto. Elle se compose de cinq mouvements, dont le troisième est une marche et le cinquième une polonaise qui reviendra comme numéro conclusif de l’opéra Arlecchino (1914–16). Busoni l’a probablement destinée au clavecin («pro clavicimbalo [sic] composita»), dont il avait acheté un spécimen d’Arnold Dolmetsch en 1910, mais seuls deux des quelque quinze enregistrements connus utilisent le clavecin.

extrait des notes rédigées par Marc-André Roberge © 2013

Die Sonatina „ad usum infantis Madeline M* Americanae“ (Nr. 3, 1915) ist einem Mädchen von wahrscheinlich achtzehn Jahren gewidmet, die mit Busonis älterem Sohn, Benvenuto, befreundet war. Das Stück besteht aus fünf Sätzen, von denen der dritte ein Marsch und der fünfte eine Polonaise ist, die später als abschließende Nummer der Oper Arlecchino (1914–16) zum Einsatz kam. Busoni mag es für Cembalo gedacht haben („pro clavicimbalo [sic] composita“)—er kaufte 1910 ein Exemplar von Arnold Dolmetsch—aber nur bei zwei der etwa 15 Einspielungen wird ein Cembalo verwendet.

aus dem Begleittext von Marc-André Roberge © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Other albums featuring this work

Egon Petri – The complete Columbia and Electrola solo and concerto recordings
APR7701Download only 25 September 2015 Release
Busoni: Late Piano Music
Studio Master: CDA67951/33CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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