Musikfest Berlin

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo:

Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher Piano

Ferruccio Busoni

Improvisation about a choral song by Bach

Ferruccio Busoni

Fantasy in F minor for an organ barrel K. 608 arr. for two pianos by Mozart

Ferruccio Busoni

Duettino concertante based on the finale from W.A. Mozart’s piano concerto in F major K. 459

Ferruccio Busoni

Fantasia contrappuntistica, Choral Variations followed by a quadruple fugue over a fragment by Bach

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 04 Sep 2016, 11:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 10:00


Ferruccio Busoni was a quintessentially universal artist, an exceptional personality of the first magnitude: as a piano virtuoso, as a composer, as an editor and essayist. For him, Classicism was naturally connected to a visionary sense for modernity and musical utopia. He resided in Berlin from 1920 until his death, leaving his mark on the city’s music scene. On the occasion of his 150th birthday, the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is holding a comprehensive exhibition in honour of this great artist titled BUSONI. Freiheit für die Tonkunst! (BUSONI. Freedom for music!) The Musikfest Berlin opens the exhibition with a matinee concert dedicated to Busoni: the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo presents a programme for two pianos that was conceived by Busoni himself. The adaption of works by other composers appears here as a sui generis art form, culminating in the Fantasia Contrappuntistica, the monumental contrapunctual continuation and surpassing of the Contrapunctus XIV of the Kunst der Fuge, which Bach left unfinished.