In this volume are many small but pleasing piano pieces by the 19th-century composer Stephen Heller. The majority are of only medium difficulty, but their sound always has a particular charm. In 1853, Heller wrote to his publisher that he had not sought to “write many words” here, but wanted to suggest something “substantial and meaningful in just a few strokes.” Our volume provides valuable insights into Heller's artistic development and its entirety devoted to the “character piece”, a form that comprises the major part of his compositional output. Examples include “Die kleine Bettlerin” [the little beggar girl], “Nach erquickender Rast” [after a refreshing rest] and “Weinendes Kind” [crying child] – scenes that conjure up and express a particular mood. As Ursula Kersten writes in her preface, Heller's music already makes one think of impressionism, and repays the effort involved in getting to know the composer of this volume more closely.
$38.95 (US) Inventory #HL 51480372 UPC: 884088175658 Publisher Code: HN372 Width: 9.25" Length: 12.25" 102 pages
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