Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925) is almost unknown today except to hard core piano students but he was once hailed by Paderewski as being as important a composer for the piano as Chopin.
Check out the recording of his Etude Op.92 No.2 as played by Alain Raes.
Or check out his piece La Jongleuse (the juggler). Moszkowski was known for his wit and humor and much of his music reflects that all too rare quality.
Vladimir Horowitz often included a Moszkowski piece as an encore.
Moszkowski influence can be heard on Holy Fright, a track from my upcoming album Quintessence.
The shooting of the documentary is nearly done. Now the editing process begins. I commend Rene and his cohorts Martin and Mike on the great job. When the film is ready the news will be posted here of course.
I am also putting the finishing touches on Quintessence which will be the title of the new album. The new record is basically a collection of 16 tracks of mostly new things I have written and recorded in the past 12 months. The recording should be available by April.
On a personal note, I will try to make my blogs much more of a regular thing in 2015. Since most of my life is spent listening to and thinking about music no one should be surprised if that is the general subject I select.
Lately, I have been listening a lot to Chopin and Moritz Moszkowski. I very much relate to both of these musicians (not just because they are Polish) but because they wrote so prolifically for one instrument, the piano.
Many of the tracks on the new upcoming record are solo acoustic guitar pieces and aside from the usual Django influence these new pieces definitely reflect my interest in Chopin, Ravel, Satie and Moszkowski.
More to be posted soon. Stay tuned.