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EVERY BEAT – DIFFERENT FINGERING

When the 21 year old Richard Strauss composes the Burlesque, his piano concerto, he has only one goal on his mind: his piece to be performed by his admired mentor, Hans von Bülow. Bülow, however, rejects his assistant, saying every beat requires a different fingering in the piece, and he doesn’t want to spend weeks of trouble learning it. The young composer is devastated and only gets back to his piece four years later, as a result of the encouragement of the German pianist, Eugen d’Albert, who makes it a hit on the premiere in 1890. Richard Strauss Burlesque for piano and orchestra will be played by Balázs Fülei and the Kecskemét Symphonic Orchestra at the Spring Festival’s opening on the 11th of March, conducted by László Gerhát.

Richard Strauss

MASTERCLASS AND CONCERT IN TEL AVIV

Together with Attila Falvay, the leader of the Kodály Quartet, Balázs Fülei is going to give a chamber music masterclass, organised by the Tel Aviv University on the 29th of March. The two artists are going to play pieces from Liszt, Bartók and Kodály on their violin-piano recital the next day.
 

STORIES FOR PIANO

How is it possible to tell a story with music? What does a melody have to say? Who are in the story and what are they doing? The new series of Balázs Fülei for elementary school students begins with the ”stories” of Mozart, Liszt, Ravel and Bartók in March.

photo: Valuska Gábor

TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS - THE TEMPERATURE OF MUSIC

Hangulat Junior – Temperature fluctuations is the title of the new series started by Müpa. The programs – where students or preparatory school students of the Academy of Music will come to stage – are organised for Saturday afternoons. The programs will be introduced by the musicians’ preparatory teacher, Gábor Eckhardt and Balázs Fülei.

IN ADVANCE OF THE BIRTHDAY OF BARTÓK

In 1923, for the 50th anniversary of the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda Bartók composed the Dance Suite. Every tune of the piece is Bartók’s own invention but we still feel like we got a taste from the folk musics of different nations. He also tells about this in one of his letters: "My true philosophy that guides me however, and of which I have been aware ever since I found myself as a composer, is the brotherhood of peoples, brotherhood in spite of all wars and conflicts."

Bartók: Dance Suite

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