Béla Kéler - Klavierminiaturen (Pianominiatures)
In 1858 Kéler started to compose a set of eight csárdás - Hungarian dances. The author's version of the Hungarian dances for piano four hands was released 1877 in two volumes by publisher Johann André - Offenbach am Main. The first dance Memory of Bartfeld, op. 31 is the most performed theme created by Kéler, unfortunately in the Hungarian dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms, in which Brahms quoted 32 bars from the "Bartfeld-Csárdás" by Béla Kéler. The second dance Comet Csárdás, op. 49 Kéler dedicated to the leading personality of Hungarian cultural and political life in the second half of the 19th century - Mór Jókai. Kéler's memories of places where he worked, and especially of his homeland influenced many of his compositions as shown in the third dance Werböczy Csárdás, op.46, in the fourth Tokay Drops, op. 54, the sixth Rays of Remembrances, op. 50 and in the seventh Greetings to my Fatherland, op. 56. The fifth dance Nosegay-Csárdás, op. 40 is named after a boy's hat with a bunch of little flowers. The eighth dance Memory of Hermannstadt, op. 123 is Kéler's reflection of the city of Sibiu (German name is Hermannstadt) in today's Romania, where he served in the 10th infantry-regiment of the duke Mazzuchelli as bandmaster. The gallop Sempre Crescendo, op. 119 is the last of 13 galops Kéler composed. It was published by Bote & Bock in Berlin. Kéler wrote 76 waltzes (49 without opus number). As a young man of 24 years he composed the waltz Bartfeld Bathing Season Waltz 1844 from which the manuscript is preserved. After the revision by the author (1874) this composition was published by J. B. Cramer & Co. in London under the title Romantic Life, op. 101. On 1st of July 1861 Kéler finished in Pest the Mazzuchelli-March, op. 22, which was dedicated to his military regiment. This march is better known as Apollo-March WAB 115 by Anton Bruckner, whom the work was referred to by mistake. 1858 Kéler composed in Debrecen Mazur Przemyślski, op. 97 and dedicated it to the duke Mazzuchelli in memory of the polish city of Przemyśl. Mountaineers Delight, op. 96 is a set of five Styrian dances with typical grace notes. Conference Quadrille, op. 28 was written in 1853 in Vienna. Its final version was created after the revision in Wiesbaden (1876). Each of the six parts of the quadrille is dominated by musical motives of different regions of Europe of that time: Prussia, Austria, Sardinia, Russia, England and France. This quadrille was published by Bote & Bock in Berlin, as well as the mentioned compositions with the opus numbers 22, 96 and 97. The polka Good Bye, op. 41 was finished by Kéler in May 1855 in Pest. The author's version for piano was published in 1859 in Pest by Rózsavölgyi.
Béla Kéler - Walzer für Violine und Klavier (Waltzes for Violin and Piano)
In his early stage of composing, Béla Kéler wrote 49 waltzes without opus number, mainly for piano. Since 1845 he wrote 27 waltzes for orchestra with opus number. Generally he transcribed them for violin and piano, piano solo, and piano at four hands. All waltzes have a fixed structure: Introduction, five independent dances and finale. The waltz German emotional life op. 88 was completed by Kéler at 29th of March 1870. It´s manuscript belongs to the collection of the Šariš museum at Bardejov. The first performance took place at 21st of March 1871 in Wiesbaden. Kéler performed the waltz On the beautiful Rhine I think of you, op. 83 for the first time at 28th of August 1868, after his return from Bartfeld. The waltz represents a memory on Kéler´s home town. The introducing notes of this waltz are engraved on Kéler´s gravestone in Wiesbaden. In its quality this composition was often compared to Johann Strauss´ waltz „The blue Danube". It is unknown when the waltz Under the blue sky of Italy was composed. Obviously this is one of Kéler´s last waltzes, which has not been printed and didn´t get an opus number. The single dances have uncommon names. In the finale „Addio Italia" the Neapolitan song „Santa Lucia" is quoted. The waltz The last hours of luck, op. 100 was finished by Kéler at 22nd of November 1872 and one month later was performed for the first time. In the introduction an imaginary clock strikes eleven times into the last hour of gambling in a casino of Wiesbaden, described in five dances. The work ends by quoting the German song „So good bye, you silent domicile". Kéler finished the waltz From Rhine to Danube, op. 138 at 17th of March 1876. By German and Austrian motifs he gives an atmosphere of the two European rivers at which he worked. The composition Austria-Hungary waltz, op. 91 was finished by Kéler at 25th of January 1871. In the introduction he presents Hungarian and Austrian folk-songs. During the waltz he uses motifs of Austrian and Hungarian nature in impressive contrast and ends with fragments of the Rákóczi march and the Emperor hymn by Haydn.
1. Deutsches Gemüthsleben, op. 88 - MP3 DOWNLOAD
2. Am schönen Rhein gedenk ich Dein, op. 83 - MP3 DOWNLOAD
3. Unter Italiens blauem Himmel - MP3 DOWNLOAD
4. Die letzten Glückstunden, op. 100 - MP3 DOWNLOAD
5. Vom Rhein zur Donau, op. 138 - MP3 DOWNLOAD
6. Österreich-Ungarn Walzer, op. 91 - MP3 DOWNLOAD
Československé komorné duo / Tschechoslowakisches Kammerduo
Pavel Burdych, husle / Violine
Zuzana Berešová, klavír / Klavier
Béla Kéler - Spomienka na Bardejov (Erinnerung an Bartfeld)
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