Saturday, March 7, 2020

Ignaz Moscheles-Classical pianist/composer

Repeat post from 2015

It wasn't until the movie Amadeus came out, in 1984, that I became strongly interested and immersed in classical music.  I know I am giving my old age away when I say, to my detriment, that means that for more than half of my life I knew virtually nothing about nor was I interested in classical music.

With that movie and with my daughter taking piano lessons [that I went to along with going to her classes in the theory of music and history of classical music] I began to really not just love the beautiful music of the masters but to also want to learn as much as I could about the music and the composers.  While I have tried to learn as much as I can, I think I have learned enough about classical music to realize that there is so much more that I don't know about classical music than I do know.

Just this week [April of 2015] I was listening to the local classical music station in Houston, KUHA 91.7 FM, when I heard this piano concerto I had never heard before.  It had the structure of a classical era concerto and it sounded a little like a piece from the Italian composer Muzio Clementi or the Austrian composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel.   But I was wrong as I learned it was from a composer I had never heard of before, Ignaz Moscheles.

Ignaz Moscheles 1794-1870
While I had never heard of Moscheles, he was certainly not an insignificant man in classical music.  He was a Jewish Bohemian composer and piano virtuoso, born in Prague, with his career based early on in London and later in Vienna.  Ignaz Moscheles was at one time a teacher of the brilliant Felix Mendelssohn.  Also, from Wikipedia I learned that Moscheles had good relations with the giant of the early Romantic music era, Ludwig Van Beethoven:  "While in Vienna Moscheles was able to meet his idol Beethoven, who was so impressed with the young man's abilities that he entrusted him with the preparation of the piano score of his opera Fidelio."   

Moscheles transcribed the piano score for Beethoven's Fidelio

After the death of Mendelssohn in 1847, Ignaz Moscheles headed the Liepzig Conservatory of Music, that Mendelssohn had founded, where it is said: "The Conservatory became in effect a shrine to Mendelssohn's musical legacy".

Moscheles headed Mendelssohn's Liepzig Conservatory of Music

So, Ignaz Moscheles, while unknown to me is certainly not unknown in classical music history.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy some [piano] music by the piano virtuoso/composer, Ignaz Moscheles.

Beethoven: Fidelio Overture arranged for piano by Ignaz Moscheles:

Ignaz Moscheles: Etude [Study] For Piano in D-Major:

Ignaz Moscheles: Piano Concerto #3 In G-minor:

Ignaz Moscheles: Etude [Study] No. 14, Allegro Maestoso:

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