I had a listen to your Strueff Intermezzi performances. I have not heard these pieces before and really enjoyed them. I listened to "serenade to farewell" on your Youtube page last week and it was very cool seeing you and Mr. Streuff playing in time together and the music was very imaginative, with a lot of orchestration that used the entire keyboard.
Thank you for your encouraging words and your interest, Riley. I´m glad you like Franz´ pieces! Yes, Franz often had instruments in mind, when he wrote music and especially the "Serenade of Fare-Well" contains a lot of immanent orchestration.
About the first piece, I liked your phrasing and the music and your variance in dynamics the first phrases are very catchy and I liked how the music went away ( I cannot say where in the score as I do not have a score of the pieces) but how the first phrases came back at 1:40 in the video was nice, and the space between its reintroduction was a fine touch, I maybe would have added more space, but that's a minor detail.
Thank you, I think, Franz would be open for such suggestions. He always was working on his compositions and correcting respective editing them. He always was thinking about the question of form very much and I also think, he has reached good results concerning the form.
About the second piece, this has a slower mood about it and the descending pattern at 1:00 in the video flows well. The trills starting at 2:14 were very clean, I try to play trills and they are usually somewhat unbalanced
Nice end on the Ab.
Oh, my trills often are also not perfect. I think, one reason for this is, that my grand-piano has a quite bad repetition in its mechanique. But if I spend enough time to practise on a trill-problem in most of the cases I get it solved. But often I have not enough time to practise detailed on the trills.
So, I´m happy you find my ones well in these pieces.
About the third piece, this has a melancholy mood to it that reminds me of Gerhart's "Walking in the Dark," but more of the classical idiom.
I have listened to that piece on Gerhart´s page. It´s an interesting comparison, but, of course, Gerhart´s piece is much more jazzy.
The ornaments at 1:50 were reminiscent to ornaments in the 2nd intermezzi which was a nice return to an older theme. At 3:00 after the first few phrases are replayed it sounds like a small fugue which came together well. At 4:21 the main theme returns and if I am correct this is the 4th time? This would make me believe this piece is in the rondo form. At 6:09, the ending was powerful and made a nice end to the first three pieces.
Yes, Franz has created some coherences between the pieces by some motifs respective musical ideas in general. And there is a "Fugato" in the piece. It´s not a real fugue in the austere sense of that word, but there is the principal of imitation and the passage has a polyphonic structure. The main theme indeed returns four times and it´s a Rondo form.
I didn't know Mr. Strueff but I would say he would appreciate your performances of his pieces here.
also, when you say Streuff lived from 5.1.1931 - 5.9.2011 do you mean 5.1.1931-9.5.2011? I don't know if he was born on the first month of the year but I usually write mm/dd/yyyy that way so if he passed away on the 5th of september, I thought you might have made a mistake.
Indeed, I have made a small mistake and I have corrected it above. Franz lived from 12th of january 1931 until 5th of septembre 2011. In Germany we write day/month/year (12.1.1931 - 5.9.2011), sorry, that I had forgotten the English manner to write the date.
Thank you once more for your interest and your detailed comment!