Adrienne Albert

Adrienne Albert (US) – Homage to B7

Recording for Download: Susanne Kessel, piano

Sheet Music Vol. 3 – available here: SHOP

Adrienne Albert about her piano piece “Homage to B7”:

“When the wonderful pianist, Susanne Kessel, approached me to compose a short work for her extraordinary project, “250 piano pieces for Beethoven”, I was honoured and wondered what could I possibly compose that could, in any way, speak about the greatest composer of all. After several months of revisiting some of my favorite Beethoven works from the Moonlight Sonata to his last string quartets, I finally chose to compose a piano work based on the most beautiful movement of the 7th Symphony, the Allegretto, a work that brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it performed. It is said tgat at its premiere, Beethoven remarked that it was one of his best works, I think most audiences would agree”.

Piano piece “Homage to B7” – in concert:

25. Februar 2016 – world premiere– Klavierhaus Klavins, Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano

5. June 2016 – Studio der Beethovenhalle, Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano

10. September 2016 – Roisdorfer Mineralquellen – Susanne Kessel, piano

13. September 2016 – Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck – Susanne Kessel, piano

5. December 2017 – ArtEZ Conservatorium, Zwolle -Hao Chen, piano

21nd April 2018 – Klavierhaus Klavins, Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano

2nd June 2018 – Marktplatz Bonn / “Beethoven-Countdown 18” – Susanne Kessel, piano

7th October 2018 – Schloß Raesfeld – Susanne Kessel, piano

30th January 2020 – Beethoven-Gymnasium Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano

2nd February 2020 – Frauenmuseum Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano

15th October 2020 – Haugesund Kunstforening, Norway – Marina Johansson, piano

Adrienne Albert (*1941)

Having collaborated with other composers as a singer, (Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass and Gunther Schuller to name a few), Adrienne Albert began composing her own music in the 1990s. Her music has been widely performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia, South America, Canada, Thailand, China and South Africa. The child of European trained professional violinists, Adrienne began studying the piano at age 4 and composition at 10. She had the good fortune to have had great teachers: for piano, Jacob Gimpel and Aube Tzerko in Los Angeles, Joanna Graudan at the Aspen Music School and early composition studies with Saul Kaplan and Leonard Stein. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in music performance and education. After enjoying a lengthy career performing other people’s music in Los Angeles and New York, she returned to L.A. to study composition with Stephen “Lucky” Mosko at CalArts and orchestration with Albert Harris.  Website Adrienne Albert