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Veloce e leggiero

published in Book 5 'Trills' of the Klavierübung, second edition, 1925

The five-page piece marked Veloce e leggiero (Book 5) was written in the first days of January 1924 and is Busoni’s very last composition. It makes much use of symmetry around one note and features an angular motif, with wide intervals, that one would expect in a sardonic piece by Prokofiev.

from notes by Marc-André Roberge © 2013

La pièce de cinq pages marquée Veloce e leggiero (livre 5), la plus longue présentée ici, date des premiers jours de janvier 1924 et, par conséquent, est la toute dernière œuvre de Busoni. Elle fait grand usage de symétrie autour d’une note et fait entendre un motif angulaire, avec de grands intervalles, auquel on s’attendrait dans une pièce sardonique de Prokofiev.

extrait des notes rédigées par Marc-André Roberge © 2013

Das fünfseitige Stück mit der Bezeichnung Veloce e leggiero (Band 5) entstand Anfang Januar 1924 und ist Busonis allerletzte Komposition. Es kommt hierbei die Symmetrie um eine Note herum verstärkt zum Ausdruck und es wird ein kantiges Motiv mit weiten Intervallen verwendet, das man in einem mokanten Stück Prokofjews erwarten würde.

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


Busoni: Late Piano Music
Studio Master: CDA67951/33CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track-specific metadata for CDA67951/3 disc 3 track 5

Recording date
24 August 2012
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Busoni: Late Piano Music (CDA67951/3)
    Disc 3 Track 5
    Release date: November 2013
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