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Serenade 'Deh vieni alla finestra' from Mozart's Don Giovanni


Mozart wrote his opera Don Giovanni in 1787. In the early 1920s Ferruccio Busoni produced his enormous work of piano pedagogy, the Klavierübung. In the volume dedicated to the study of staccato playing he included this splendid transcription of Don Giovanni’s Serenade ‘Deh vieni alla finestra’ which features a solo mandolin in the original and here conspires to stretch the hand so as to give the effect of two outer staccato parts with the lyrical melody taken in the middle, as if by a third hand.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004

Mozart composa son opéra Don Giovanni en 1787, et Ferruccio Busoni produisit au début des années 1920 son immense œuvre de pédagogie pianistique, la Klavierübung, dont le volume dédié à l’étude du jeu en staccato recèle une splendide transcription de la sérénade «Deh vieni alla finestra». Cette pièce, qui met originellement en scène une mandoline solo, complote ici d’étirer la main pour donner l’effet de deux parties extrêmes en staccato, avec la mélodie lyrique prise au milieu, comme par une troisième main.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 2004
Français: Hypérion

Mozarts Oper Don Giovanni stammt aus dem Jahr 1787, und Anfang der 1920-er Jahre gab Ferruccio Busoni sein umfangreiches Lehrwerk heraus, die Klavierübung. In den Band, der dem Erlernen des Staccatospiels gewidmet ist, nahm er diese herrliche Transkription von Don Giovannis Serenade „Deh vieni alla finestra“ auf, in der im Original eine Solomandoline vorkommt und die hier darauf aus ist, die Hand so zu dehnen, dass der Effekt zweier äußerer Staccatostimmen erzeugt wird, mit der lyrischen Melodie wie von einer dritten Hand gespielt in der Mitte.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 2004
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Rare Piano Encores
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Recording date
25 October 1981
Recording venue
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Rare Piano Encores (CDA66090)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1986
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDH55109
  2. Rare Piano Encores (CDH55109)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: August 2004
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