Music Examples of Helen Schnabel

This is the 1st movement of the Carl Maria v. Weber Piano Sonata Op. 70, No. 1: Moderato.

Helen Schnabel, a child prodigy, started her musical career at age nine with an appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York. She went on to perform internationally as soloist and together with her husband, the pianist Karl Ulrich Schnabel. TownHall Records has reissued their many recordings.

The music excerpt in this video is taken from the TownHal Recordsl CD THCD-66.


 

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Helen Schnabel, a child prodigy, started her musical career at age nine with an appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York. She went on to perform internationally as soloist and together with her husband, the pianist Karl Ulrich Schnabel. TownHall Records has reissued their many recordings.

The music excerpt in this video is taken from the TownHall disc THCD-66.


Artur Schnabel composed the Piano Concerto when he was 19 years old.¬† Here we hear Helen Schnabel, Artur Schnabel’s daughter-in-law, in performance with F. Charles Adler conducting the Vienna Orchestra.¬† (TownHall Records THCD-65).¬† Artur Schnabel revisited the Rondo theme in his 3rd Symphony (1950) where he varies it in multiple fashions running from polyphonic original style to an atonal idiom.


Douce Tristesse is a virtuoso salon piece, exactly the way Leschetitzky liked it¬† and performed it.¬† The refined make-up of the composition is immediately recognizable, making it worthy of the composer.¬† We note, as an example, the split and repetition of a motive that breaks up the strict 4/4 straight jacket into irregular parts.¬† This is an important and basic ingredient in Schnabel’s compositions.
From TownHall Records THCD-65: Helen Schnabel Plays Artur Schnabel
The printed music is published by peermusic New York and Hamburg in “Drei Fantasiest√ľcke” (Three Fantasy Pieces), cat. # HL00119647