After the cancellation of the 34th Festival “Rarities of Piano Music” last summer, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we concentrate our hope on 2021. As a kind of compensation, the special edition will try to fill the gap that has arisen. The title of the festival “Six Petits Concerts” (May 13-15, 2021) we chose in reference to Charles-Valentin Alkan’s so called concerts in the 1870s in the “Salle Érard” in Paris, with which he returned to the podium after a break of more than twenty years. Each of the six concerts of this extra-festival will feature a piece from Alkan’s lesser known 30 “Chants” – a small homage to the author whose title we borrowed and a mental brace that holds these concerts together.
Among the composers of the works that will be performed in the excitingly compiled programs are names that have never appeared in the festival programs in the past 33 years – names such as Mel Bonis, Deodat de Séverac, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Vianna da Motta, Hélène de Montgeroult, William Grant Still.
Start of ticket sale: 18th of December 2020
Our thanks go to the Association of Friends of Rarities of Piano music for supporting the »Six Petits Concerts«