Carl Czerny :: Prelude & Fugue in G Major, op. 822
My guess would be that this comes somewhat as a surprise ... or not?
A prelude & fugue by Carl Czerny, from his Gradus ad Parnassum opus 822. On clavichord. I explain myself.
But first things first.
Have you noticed that beautiful young girl next to me? Well, that is my eldest daughter Sofie. She's ten, quietly (very) starting with music. She sings whole day and when she does, I must kind of guess what I'm playing since her voice has the allures of an opera diva. O, those proud dads...
Anyway, I needed someone to turn pages. I am playing from a first edition, and these pages are impossible to turn. And I felt it would be a pity to make copies and play from those. Anja ... no option that day. I will certainly not give you details on the why of that refusal, since I'd like to sleep this and next nights inside in stead of with our cat in the barn... so. But Sofie ran up stares to her room, choose her best dress and stood next to me within 15 seconds.
So, that is that story. It was nice to involve her in something of 'my' world. Hopefully some day we'll bring you something together. No, not hopefully, we will!
And Czerny... ever thought that this "boring" composer of "only" etudes did write things like this? And not one, his opus 822 is about 4 centimeter. Partly etudes, no, not like his fingerexcercices, but in the style of Liszt (which is an unhistorical remark, since Liszt .. you know what I mean), and partly preludes & fugues. Dozens. And very good.
We do underestimate Czerny. He wrote more than 1000 opus numbers (his gradus is only one -1- opus n°!). And partly that is what Liszt himself somewhere states, that we lost a genius in Czerny, since he forced himself to write too much. Liszt puts Czerny's sonata opus 7 amongst the best works he knew.
So two things:
1. Is it written for clavichord?
2. Why did Czerny write preludes & fugues?
Very short answers:
1. Probably not, but who knows. Fact is, that he envisions a five octave keyboard and that most of the pr&f work great on the clavichord.
2. Did, as I see it, must he seen in the enormous Bach revival that, maybe, started in Vienna with Baron Von Swieten en Mozart. Playing the WTC at Sunday morning concerts. We'll talk later more about Mozart and that aspect.
Forkel of course gave a real boost to it. And soon there would be two complete editions of Bach's work. The Bach Ausgabe (reprint in Dover), and the Peeters edition, amongst which Czerny cooperated. Many things can be said on this very interesting topic. My guess would be that the HIPP movement, not as we know it today, is founded much earlier than mid or early 20th century. It might be rooted in the end of the 18th century, where people started to look backwards. And, not surprisingly, the did because of the beauty of that Great Master that inspires us still today, and will as long as humanity will have a bit of brains left; J.S.Bach !
Hope you enjoy. Next video will be a Czerny P&F again. Without Sofie. Sorry for that...:)
O, and BTW, if you are still with me here: this is the first recording we did... on tape (and of course digitalized). Wonder if you hear a difference...!