Waltzes for Piano (2 and 4 hands), Op. 95f
Little Waltz op. 95f,1 (1994)
A little Obeisance op. 95f.2
Wedding Waltz op.
Schott Music ED 9898 / ISMN: 979-0-001-13976-2
three waltzes, composed fcr part,cular celebrations and full of allusions which
are clear to the dedicatee, are not difficult to play and are unmistakably authentic
Bertold Hummel - one of them even carries his musical signature.
This short waltz of 67 bars was composed by Bertold Hummel for
his wife Inken's 67th birthday. On the morning of every birthday in the Hummel
household, the 3`d verse of the hymn "Lobe den Herren" ("Praise
to the Lord") was sung. The singing composer at the piano accompanied the
more or less ready and willing members of the family. The final notes of the hymn
open the waltz.
kleine Reverenz (A Little Obeisance)
On the occasion of the composer's
70th birthday, his friend Paul-Werner Scheele, Bishop of Würzburg, gave the
laudation in the Gasteig, Munich. In this speech, Scheele referred several times
to Hummel's 2nd Symphony, "Reverenza". On the Bishop's 73rd birthday
a year later, the composer took his "revenge" with this "little
Reverenza" in 3/4 time, juggling with the notes contained in the letters
of both names.
The wedding Waltz was heard for the first time on the evening
of the wedding of Hummel's son Stefan David and his wife Gabriele by the Wolfgangsee
in Austria. In a kind of parable, the two piano parts travel together or alone
through heights and depths, through major and minor, finally uniting at the end
in a radiant C major.