15 August 2014

Ludwig plays Schramm (and much more)

The  Morandini House Concert on Friday 15th August at 6.30pm, will feature virtuoso pianist Ludwig Treviranus with a recital that includes compositions by Austrian-born Paul Schramm. A child prodigy and pupil of the great teacher Theodor Leschetitzky,Schramm (1892-1953) had a very successful career in Europe in the first decades of the 20th Century. Eventually, after living some years in Batavia (Indonesia) in the 30s, he and his wife Bernardina settled down in New Zealand. (In the late 1940s, he made a series of broadcastings for the Australian radio, one of which can be heard here.)

The concert will also include works by Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin and Schuman. What a treat! Tickets can be purchased at the door, and cost $45 per adult (children under 14 years are free). And as always, the ticket price includes supper and drinks (good wine, or fruit juice if you prefer)

  Ludwig Treviranus

Recital Program

Paul Schramm (1892 in Vienna-1953 in Australia) 


I. On the Death of a Great Man

II. Satyr’s Promenade

III. Soliloquy

IV. Andante

V. Ritual Dance of a Javanese Warrior

VI. Hommage á Scriabine

VII. Distortion of a Viennese Waltz

VIII. Glittering 3rds

 IX. Birds at Dusk

Frédéric Chopin
 (Poland 1810-1849): 

Ballade No. 4 * (replaces the work by Schulz/Elver listed in the initial programme.)

(France 1875-1937)


I.   Noctuelles 

III. Une Barque sur L’ocean 

V.  La vallée des cloches


Gershwin/Wild (USA 1915-2010)

Etude VI: I got Rhythm

Etude IV: Embraceable You


Schumann (Germany 1810-1856)


* "Of the four Ballades, [Chopin's No. 4 ]t is considered by many pianists to be the most difficult, both technically and musically. According to John Ogdon, "[it is] the most exalted, intense and sublimely powerful of all Chopin's compositions ... It is unbelievable that it lasts only twelve minutes, for it contains the experience of a lifetime."  Source: Wikipedia