Recorded on 06/23/2004, uploaded on 04/20/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Along with the Impromptus that date from the same
time, the Six Moments Musicaux are among Schubert's most often performed
piano works. They also embody the same spontaneous character as the Impromptus.
The first known use of the word "Impromptu" was in 1817 and was used by a
publisher to describe a piano piece by Czech composer Jan Václav Voříšek. It is
possible that the Impromptus of Voříšek were influential on Franz Schubert's
own Impromptus and Moments Musicaux much in the same way Chopin
drew inspiration from the Nocturnes of John Field.
The third piece of the set, an Allegro moderato in F
minor, begins with a folk-like tune over a simple accompaniment in the left
hand. Three melodic ideas are heard, each eight measures long and repeated.
After the third idea, a single restatement of the first appears. A fourth idea
then follows, though, its similarity to the first gives it more the impression
of a short coda. The final cadence brings the piece to a close in F major.
The Polish American pianist, Leopold Godowsky,
arranged the piece, embellishing it with more florid harmony. Joseph DuBose
One of the
great players of his time, Polish-American pianist Leopold Godowsky was born in
in 1870. He made his first public appearance as a pianist in 1879, and in 1884
he gave his first concert in the United States-in Boston.
In 1886 he traveled to Paris,
with the object of studying with Camille Saint-Saëns. Their relationship continued
for three years and allowed Godowky to meet the leading figures in contemporary
musical life. In 1890 he returned to America,
where he taught and continued his career as a performer, while at the same time
writing music of his own for the piano.
His performance career was curtailed by a stroke in 1930, which
incapacitated him until his death in 1938.
Godowsky's Moment musical No.
3 is an arrangement of Schubert's famous piece in a different key, with the
addition of colorful harmony and humor. A.Wakabayashi
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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