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About the WORK:
The Fantasie in C major, Op. 17, has been composed by Robert Schumann in 1836.
It had been modified before publication, within 1839 and was subsequently dedicated to Franz Liszt.
It is described as one of Schumann's finest musical works for solo piano and in addition to that , it is definitely one central work of the early Romantic period. The word "Fantasie" was Schumann's misspelling of the French Fantaisie.
The Fantasie is in fact within a loose sonata form. Its three movements are:
Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton
Massig. Durchaus energisch
Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten.
The first one is without a doubt rhapsodic in addition to passionate; the middle movement (in E flat major) is a grandiose "rondo" on a majestic march-like theme, together with sections that recall the the first movement; and the finale is and meditative.
The piece has its origin within early 1836, when Schumann composed a piece entitled "Ruines" expressing his distress at being parted from his beloved Clara (Wieck later to become his wife).
This piece later became the first part associated with the Fantasy. Then the same year, he wrote two more movements to create a work expected to be a contribution to the call for funds to erect a monument to Beethoven within his birthplace, Bonn.
Schumann offered the composition to the publisher Kirstner, suggesting that 100 presentation copies be sold to raise money for the monument. Other contributions to the Beethoven monument fund included Mendelssohn's "Variations Serieuses."
The original title of Schumann's opus was basically "Obolen auf Beethovens Monument: Ruinen, Trophaen, Palmen, Grosse Sonate f.d. Piano f. Für Beethovens Denkmal". Kirstner refused, Schumann offered it to Breitkopf und Hartel in May 1837.
The movements' subtitles (Ruins, Trophies, Palms) became Ruins, Triumphal Arch, and also Constellation, as well as turned out to be then removed altogether before Breitkopf und Härtel eventually issued the Fantasie throughout May 1839. It had been produced along with a dedication to Franz Franz Liszt.
About the Artist:
Mehmet Okonsar is a pianist-composer-conductor and musicologist. Besides his international concert carrier he is a prolific writer. Founder of the first classical music-musicology dedicated blog-site:"inventor-musicae" (inventor-musicae.com) as well as the first classical-music video portal : classicalvideos.net. Okonsar homepage: okonsar.com.
Mehmet Okonsar was born in Istanbul (Turkey) and lived in Paris for the duration of his primary instruction. He began learning piano at the National Conservatory of Ankara, with Nimet Karatekin and Necil Kazim Akses. With thanks to the abundant sources the Ankara Conservatory then possessed and also the Mediatheque of the Centre Culturel Francais d'Ankara, he grew up studying the music of Pierre Boulez, Edgar Varese, Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Schaeffer, composers which will have a very powerful affect on him.
Constantly eager for discovering a lot more, Okonsar went after after his piano studies under Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, concluded with the Highest Rank (Premier Nommé) at the Diplome Supérieur level, still at the Brussels Conservatory, on Composition and Orchestration and all over again he had the most beneficial instructors out there: Madame Jacqueline Fontyn the main Belgian composer and occasionally he likewise studied with a pupil of Messiaen, Claude Ballif.. Alexis Weissenberg, immediately after listening to a recording by Okonsar asked him (on a grant) to study in Switzerland.