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Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65
circa 1905; contrapuntal paraphrase

'Godowsky: Piano Music' (CDH55206)
Godowsky: Piano Music
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Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65
The two Godowskian commentaries on Weber’s celebrated pièce d’occasion and Johann Strauss II’s Künstlerleben provide taxing fare for the intrepid keyboard adventurer. Though the skill and dedication required to master these pianistic pyramids might deter all but a few, the delights for both artist and listener abound in the clever combination of themes and mounting technical challenges. The intoxicating Aufforderung zum Tanze (‘Invitation to the Dance’) has appeared in several guises. Weber’s Op 65, composed in 1819, was subsequently (and most famously) orchestrated by Berlioz. But it was the extended keyboard version by the Liszt pupil Carl Tausig (1841–1871) that undoubtedly inspired Godowsky’s contrapuntal concert paraphrase. It was in his repertoire from as early as 1897, and probably before. The ingenuity of the thematic juxtapositions and the tongue-in-cheek élan of the conception has, in this writer’s experience, been known to elicit gasps of amused amazement from the audience. Godowsky’s terpsichorean devilment was published in 1905 and dedicated to Ferruccio Busoni. It was later amplified further by Godowsky for two pianos. When the composer and teacher Rubin Goldmark saw the score and told Godowsky admiringly that he could see nothing in the way of contrapuntal possibilities that had been omitted, Godowsky smiled and said: ‘Well, I shall show you that you are wrong.’ A few days later he invited Goldmark to hear the amended version of the work—with an optional third piano part added.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1991

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55206 track 5
Recording date
23 May 1991
Recording venue
Doopsgerinde Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Recording producer
C Jared Sacks
Recording engineer
C Jared Sacks
Hyperion usage
  1. Godowsky: Piano Music (CDA66496)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: September 1991
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55206
  2. Godowsky: Piano Music (CDH55206)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2006
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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