The Left Hand Alone – The spoils of war. Four performances of the Bach/ Brahms Chaconne are offered below. Of the four, I quite like the way Sokolov and . Still, I kept coming back to the Bach Chaconne, arranged by Brahms for left hand only. You can find her performance in the video below. Bach/Brahms – Chaconne in D minor for left hand, from the Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D Minor. Jul At the Verbier Festival. Previous Post.

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Brahks this is the more recently published second mystery in the series: Duration 31 minutes Composer Time Period Comp. Here’s what Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann regarding this piece: Standard redditiquette about spam applies.

One can’t help wondering why it is that so much music has been written for the left hand alone and virtually none of any significance for the right hand. Log in or sign up in seconds. Murder in the House of the Muse. Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3. Using the technique adapted to a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I could picture myself writing, or even conceiving, such a piece, I am certain that the extreme excitement and emotional tension would have driven me mad.

Suffice it to say for now that, in my esteem, and in the context of German composers, Henze is the Beethoven of the 20th Century. The same difficulty, the nature of the technique, the rendering of the arpeggios, everything conspires to make me feel like a violinist!



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The Left Hand Alone

There was an earlier pianist who lost his right arm, the Hungarian Count Geza Zichy, a student of Liszt and the first to have a very successful career as a one-armed pianist. The Reinecke and Reger are curiosities, not particlarly cnaconne pieces. Javascript is required for this feature. If you can’t see your post in Newyou may have been caught in the spam filter.

Editor First edition reissue. Paul Wittgensteinan Austrian pianist and, interestingly, brother of the celebrated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, refused to allow his career as a concert pianist to be ended almost before it had begun in earnest by the loss of his arm. Performer is Daniil Trifonov.

Submissions with 2 or more reports will be auto-moderated. Murder Follows the Muse. Rules When hhand a link to a performance, please state the title and composerand ideally the names of the performers. Bach’s ethereal Chaconne, transcribed by Brahms for the left hand for piano.


But the piece certainly inspires one to occupy oneself with it somehow…. The left hand alone repertoire resulting from Wittgenstein’s efforts has been veritable lifeline for other pianists as well who for one reason or another lost the use of their right arms.

Wittgenstein was in a position to ask many of the most important composers of the day to compose music for for him to play. And his right hand stays firmly placed on chavonne right knee throughout the performance. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. Self-promotion is handled on a case by case basis.

The answer is that almost all of the great music written for the left hand alone is the result of a determinedly heroic hadn pianist having lost his right arm during World War I. Beyond those cases, most popular musical genres are better discussed elsewhere, and posts about them will be removed.

You may ask me for a manually cleaned version. Bartholf Senffn. Adrian Vasilache, contemporary Romanian pianist recorded live in Prior to Wittgenstein’s injury, a number of composers had composed or transcribed such piano music.

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