Ernst Krenek: 1. Klavierkonzert

  • in F# major
  • for piano and orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 2 1 0 0, str
  • Duration: 30’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    trumpet in C
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Ernst Krenek
  • Dedication: Eduard Erdmann gewidmet
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de

Work introduction

By the time Eduard Erdmann (1896 – 1958) asked Krenek for a tonal piano concerto, the young composer had already embraced atonal music. But he took on the commission, seeing it as a welcome challenge, and composed the piece in F# major. The concerto begins and ends with solos for the piano – a formal device he returned to in the two subsequent piano concertos. In the general view, Schubert’s influence on Krenek did not emerge until about 1929; but Krenek acknowledged that he was already using the “tonal artifices” he had learned from Schubert when he wrote his Op. 18 concerto in 1923.

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Winterthur (CH)
Date:
19.12.1923
Conductor:
Hermann Scherchen
Main soloists:
Eduard Erdmann, vln

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