commentary to opus 83
Three Piano Pieces, "hommage à Alban Berg", op. 83 (1985)
I. Fantasia beginning
November 12, 1985, Paris, Fondation de l'Allemagne
first performance: March 16, 1988, Berkeley, Berkeley Piano Club
Duration: 11 Minutes
Publisher: N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes) ED 5161 / ISMN M-2211-1572-0
composer's corrections to the edition printed by Simrock in October, 1995:
Three Piano Pieces, "hommage à Alban Berg", op. 83
were written during the Berg anniversary year 1985 and are an expression of my
veneration for this great composer.
to Alban Berg has paid off. No copy, twelve-tone is recognisable but applied with
freedom and fourth-semitone-fourth is not just building material working in the
background but in every sense also a motif, audibly setting things in motion.
We hear echoes of Berg's emotionality and rhythmical variety, enriching Hummel's
sense of instrumental joie de vivre. A very inventive music which reaches its
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shows here - as in earlier piano works - that he knows the capabilities of the
instrument and can make use of these in a beautiful sounding, pianistic composition
which does without any fashionable manners of playing. The pieces remain within
the limits of medium technical difficulty and are ideal for study and teaching.