Henkemans, Hans

Hans Henkemans, one of the leading Dutch pianists and composers of the 20th century, wrote orchestral, vocal and chamber music, and an opera. For twenty-five years he performed as a ...

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Cadenzas to piano concertos by W.A. Mozart : for solo piano, 1946-'47 / Hans Henkemans

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1996
Publisher's number: 08404
Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Piano
Scoring: pf
Remarks: Bevat cadenzen voor de pianoconcerten KV 175, 238, 246, Konzert-Rondo KV 386, de pianoconcerten KV 413, 456, 459, 466, 467, 482, 491, 503, 537 en 595. - Met voorw. - Cop. 1993
Number of players: 1
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (composer)
Program note (English): This collection of cadenzas is limited in more than one way. First of all: whenever an authentic cadenza of Mozart himself was available, there was no need, of course, of composing another one (and no impulse either). Secondly, I never played myself any of the early concerti of Mozart - KV 37, KV 39, KV 40 and KV 41 - because all four of them are more or less arrangements of compositions of contemporaries. In the third place, I had to withdraw two "sets" of cadenzas of myself, because Mozart's own cadenzas were discovered after I had composed mine (this was the case with the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in E flat major, KV 365, and with the Concerto in F major, KV 413). To me, Mozart's first "own" Concerto for piano and orchestra is the Concerto in D major, KV 175. Starting with this attractive, even somewhat exuberant piece of music the composer created a series of unequalled and very personal works: this twenty-one concerti and the two Rondos for piano and orchestra.
I think one may be certain that Mozart wrote his works for piano and orchestra in the first place for himself, even if he dedicated them, occasionally, to others (the Lodron Concerto for three pianos and orchestra, in F major, KV 242, and the famous Jeunehomme Concerto, in E flat major, KV 271). He was a born pianist, and I sincerely believe that his creative powers were doubled whenever he wrote a piano concerto.
I am practically convinced that the composer wrote all his own cadenzas, although he certainly was able to improvise them "on the spot". But the existence of so many written cadenzas could warrant the hypothesis that many more must have existed (or will be discovered in time).
I wrote my cadenzas in the late forties of this century, when I was lucky enough to play all Mozart's concertos for the Dutch radio. Since then - until I stopped playing professionally - these concertos have been on my repertoire. My cadenzas aim at "being allowed" by the composer. - HANS HENKEMANS

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