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Art is the daughter of liberty! (Schiller)

Musikedition Dr. Heinz Anderle

piano concertos
revolutionary music

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Ignaz Joseph Pleyel did not always compose music
for the entertainment of others.
In his late chamber music he entertained himself
by rich contrapuntal writing.

Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757 - 1831):

edited and re-constructed after the autograph
preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
as preview of a possible complete Pleyel edition
non-printable score for free download


edited after the partly autograph part set
preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
as preview of a possible complete Pleyel edition

non-printable score for free download 
Ignaz Joseph Pleyel composed at least four symphonies for London.
Three are among the first ever scored with a bass trombone and date from 1792.
The other one has the same scoring as Haydn's last symphonies written
for the second visit 1794 - 1795 and might therefore have been written
for the joint concert series by Salomon and Cramer:
Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757 - 1831): 
edited after Pleyel's autograph
preserved in the British Library
as preview of a possible complete Pleyel edition

non-printable score for free download 

One of the noblest and most sublime sacred compositions of all times
available in the first authentic score edition:
On July 11, 1791, François-Marie Arouet Voltaire's ashes
were transferred in a solemn funeral procession to the Panthéon.
The music appropriate to the memory of this unshakable
free spirit and fighter for religious tolerance was commissioned
to the musical and poetic torchbearers of the French Revolution:

François Joseph Gossec (1734 - 1829): 
lyrics by Marie-Joseph Chénier
Deist hymn for soloists, chorus, and orchestra

score for free download 

He was consumed by tuberculosis at the age of 24
and left behind only his music as his legacy.
He was France's greatest musical genius and hope,
committed to the ideas and ideals of the Revolution, and to
excellence in form, progress in harmony, and intensity in expression:

Hyacinthe Jadin (1776 - 1800): 
op. 3 in Eb, g, C; op. 4 in Bb, f#, c#;
op. 5 in f, D, c; op. 6 in c, A, F

edited 2001 by Richard Fuller 

Musical gems of deeply-felt expression,
and masterpieces especially by their slow movements –
composed by a man born into serfdom by fate,
emancipated into freedom by genius,
never to subject himself to any nobleman’s service again:
Johann Baptist Wanhal (Vanhal) (1739 - 1813): 
in C (1785?), A (1785), D (1788) and C (1795?)
edited 1998 - 2001 by Virginia F. and John F. Strauss 

His musical career could not have been more normal and typical,
but then the sunrise of a new era
set both his genius and his energy afire
for the nation that welcomed him as its
It was his first and last official and ecclesiastical duty
for his deceased predecessor at the Strasbourg cathedral
composed in the key of hope and consolation :

Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757 - 1831): 
in E flat(1789?)
edited from the autograph
by Thomas Mersich 

2000 was (Johann Sebastian) Bach's year, celebrated
by scholars and music lovers around the world.
But the tree of the Bach family bore another four musical members, J. S. Bach's sons,
building the base of and the bridge to a new classical style and era.
The "forte e piano" series of music for the fortepiano
proudly presents three clavier concertos by a son of J. S. Bach
in first editions:

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732 - 1795): 
in F (1782), D (1787) and E flat (1792)
edited from the autograph in first editions
by Richard Fuller 

July 14, 1789:
the Bastille storm separates the light of reason
from the darkness of deceit.
The "Lumière et Liberté" series of music of the French Revolution
presents four editions to commemorate and celebrate
this turning point in the history of humankind:
François Joseph Gossec (1734 - 1829):
Grande Messe des Morts (1760)
first modern edition in full score
edited by Wolfgang Kiess and Thomas Mersich

first edition of the original version (1809)
edited from the autograph by Josef Wagner 

Johann Christoph Vogel (1756 - 1788):
(1788; performed september 22, 1789)
edited by Josef Wagner, for free download 

Othon Joseph van den Broek (1758 - 1833):

(1795 ?)
first edition in score
edited by Josef Wagner

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Photo taken at the occasion of the Pleyel society's (
100th concert, November 11, 2007, with a manual analog camera:
everything is under control.

Wohltun, wo man kann, Freiheit über alles lieben, Wahrheit nie, auch sogar am Throne nicht verleugnen
(do good, wherever you can, love freedom above all, never renounce truth, not even at the throne)
Ludwig van Beethoven, May 22, 1793, to A. Vocke from Nuremberg

...and a plea of tolerance towards those who, for their capabilities, talents, aims, and visions, might not have themselves squeezed into the stays and stereotypes of indolence and dullness -dubbed "normality":

Menschliche Freiheit ist ein hohes Gut, wohl das höchste im Leben. Wir wissen, wie selten sie sich ganz verwirklicht, wie sehr sie von Kritikschwäche und von einer ,,dem Gesetz des Geistes widerstreitenden“ Triebhaftigkeit eingeschränkt wird. Hochbegabte Menschen sind am ehesten zur Freiheit fähig, aber es mögen bei ihnen die dabei auszutragenden Kämpfe am schwersten sein.

(Human freedom is a great good, likely the greatest. We know, how seldom it translates entirely into reality, how much it is limited by impotence of critique and animal insticts "clashing the mind’s rule". Highly gifted humans are most likely fit for freedom, but with them the struggles to be fought by that may be the hardest.)
(aus/from: Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Hans Asperger (1906 - 1980): Schwierigkeiten Hochbegabter/Difficulties of the highly gifted, undatiert/not dated)

"The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants.
 (L’arbre de la liberté ne croit qu’arrosé par le sang des tyrans.

(Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac, member of the French National Convention, 1793)

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