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Six Preludes, Op 66

composer
1946; Nos 2 & 4-6 are lost; dedicated to Hélène Mulholland

 
In 1946 Bortkiewicz composed his Six Preludes, Op 66, of which only Nos 1 and 3 have so far been located: the manuscripts of these two preludes were discovered in 2001 in the estate of this work’s dedicatee, the Dutch pianist Hélène Mulholland, who helped the composer after the war by sending much-needed food and clothing. In a letter of April 1947 to Mulholland, Bortkiewicz mentions that he had sent the score of his Preludes to an unnamed music publisher in New York, hoping that they could be issued there, as publication in Europe was unlikely owing to the economic situation and paper shortage. Publication never materialized and the current whereabouts of Preludes Nos 2, 4, 5 and 6 is unknown. The two Preludes that survive exude a sense of peaceful resignation.

from notes by Wouter Kalkman © 2016

In 1946 Bortkiewicz composed his Six Preludes, Op 66, of which only Nos 1 and 3 have so far been located: the manuscripts of these two preludes were discovered in 2001 in the estate of this work’s dedicatee, the Dutch pianist Hélène Mulholland, who helped the composer after the war by sending much-needed food and clothing. In a letter of April 1947 to Mulholland, Bortkiewicz mentions that he had sent the score of his Preludes to an unnamed music publisher in New York, hoping that they could be issued there, as publication in Europe was unlikely owing to the economic situation and paper shortage. Publication never materialized and the current whereabouts of Preludes Nos 2, 4, 5 and 6 is unknown. The two Preludes that survive exude a sense of peaceful resignation.

extrait des notes rédigées par Wouter Kalkman © 2016
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

1946 komponierte Bortkiewicz seine Sechs Präludien, op. 66, von denen sich bisher nur Nr. 1 und 3 aufgefunden haben: die Autographen dieser beiden Präludien befanden sich 2001 im Besitz der Widmungsträgerin des Werkes, der holländischen Pianistin Hélène Mulholland, die den Komponisten nach dem Krieg mit der Zusendung dringend benötigter Lebensmittel und Kleidung unterstützt hat. In einem Brief an Mulholland vom April 1947 erwähnt Bortkiewicz, dass er die Partitur seiner Präludien an einen nicht benannten New Yorker Musikverlag in der Hoffnung geschickt habe, dass sie dort erscheinen könnten, denn eine Veröffentlichung in Europa war wegen der wirtschaftlichen Lage und des Papiermangels unwahrscheinlich. Eine Veröffentlichung kam nie zustande, und der gegenwärtige Verbleib der Präludien Nr. 2, 4, 5 und 6 ist unbekannt. Die beiden erhaltenen Präludien verströmen ein Gefühl von friedlicher Resignation.

aus dem Begleittext von Wouter Kalkman © 2016
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius

Recordings

Bortkiewicz: Piano Sonata No 2 & other works
Studio Master: CDA68118Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1 in F sharp major: Andante
No 3 in E flat minor: Moderato e cantabile

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