Walter Hus & Frederic Rzewski [BE]
Preludes and fugues
In 1722, J.S. Bach wrote his Wohltemperierte Klavier, a collection of 24 preludes and fugues for piano and one of the most influential works in classical music. Shostakovich and others later wrote their own preludes and fugues.
So too the pianist and composer Walter Hus. From 2000 to 2005 he wrote four books of six preludes and fugues, the progress of which audiences could then follow during a series of memorable concerts at the Kaaistudios. Hus wrote the first book for solo piano and the next three for two pianos. His partner in the concerts was the American pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski. In January 2005, the whole series was first played in separate concerts, then in a full ‘marathon performance’ that also left room for improvisation.
Now, almost ten years later, Hus and Rzewski will again sit down at their pianos. The programme includes a selection of Hus’ Preludes and Fugues and Rzewski’s Boro Wins Cotton Mill Blues. The whole project will be recorded on CD by Avalon Studios as well in a film and a documentary of the concert. But of course you will first attend the irreplaceable live event!