The first of the three pieces published in 1921 as Drei Albumblätter
) is an arrangement of the placid Albumblatt
for flute and piano (1917); it soon found its way into the ‘Arioso’ of the opera Turandot
. The second piece, an Andante
with extended octave passages in the left hand, is a two-page fugato on a stepwise theme; it was used in Doktor Faust
, as was the third (and longest) piece. Marked ‘in the style of a chorale prelude’, this one transposes down an octave Bach’s harmonization of the chorale Christ lag in Todesbanden
, BWV278, whose tenor part, in one of Busoni’s most brilliant inspirations, becomes a theme in its own right, in the top part.
from notes by Marc-André Roberge © 2013