Emilie Mayer - Piano Trios, Notturno | CPO 5550292

Emilie Mayer - Piano Trios, Notturno


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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550292

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd June 2017



Emilie Mayer, born in 1812 in Friedland, Mecklenburg, produced an extensive oeuvre in a wide range of musical genres unmatched by any other woman composer of the nineteenth century. Influenced by her studies with Carl Loewe, she emulated Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven and used them as inspiration for her unique style, and in 1850 she organized her first concert exclusively featuring her own compositions at the Berlin Playhouse. Piano chamber music accounts for the largest share of Emilie Mayer’s oeuvre. The main motive of the first theme of her Piano Trio op.16 functions as the sole thematic figure and pervades the entire development section, while in her op.13 she more closely adheres to the classical practices of thematic elaboration. The greater formal freedom of the Notturno forming her last composition and op.48 offers her the opportunity to move far away from classical formal language.

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