CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Leopold Koželuch Complete Sonatas for Keyboard Volume II

January 13, 2011

Following the success of the first volume of Christopher's edition of the Complete Sonatas for Keyboard by Leopold Koželuch, Editio Bärenreiter Praha have released Volume II, covering the years 1784 - 1786.

 

koz.jpgAs the foremost representative of Czech music in 18th-century Vienna, Leopold Koželuch (1747–1818) was noted as a composer, pianist and keyboard teacher. His 50 keyboard sonatas cover his entire career and mark not only the transition from the harpsichord and clavichord manner to the fully idiomatic forte-piano style, but also the development of the “classical sonata“ which spanned several decades (from 1773 to 1809).

Until now, pianists have had little chance to acquaint themselves with the complete range of Koželuch’s sonatas since few existed in modern editions. For the first time this new complete edition by Christopher presents all sonatas for keyboard solo. Each volume includes a detailed introduction, a critical commentary and facsimiles.

Volume I of the Complete Sonatas for Keyboard has already generated a great deal of positive interest. The German Clavichord Society recently reported that: "The edition is visually appealing and from a scholarly point of view well edited. It – and the following three volumes - deserve a wide circulation in interested circles! A growing appreciation of Koželuch is taking place and certainly offers a welcome diversification of the classical repertoire – also for modern pianists and their students".

 
 

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