Piano Works

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To an extent unequalled by any other instrument, the piano can become a kind of workshop or laboratory. Almost anything can be realized on it, although it is limited in timbre and tone production compared to other instruments or an orchestra. But this is precisely the quality that turns it in the direction of musical abstraction, which can be of interest to composers. Free of specific ensemble requirements, compositional ideas can be tried out on the 88 keys in downright exemplary fashion. One could regard the piano works of Marcus A. Wesselmann presented here as a compositional laboratory of this kind. Moritz Eggert, who performs Wesslemann's piano works here, was born in 1965 in Heidelberg, Germany. As a composer he is glad not to be pigeonholed into any of the usual categories, a fact that bewilders both avant-garde and classical concert audiences. Through projects often discussed in the media -- including Die Tiefe des Raumes (a "Fußballoratorium" or soccer oratorio, written for the Ruhrtriennale festival and commissioned by the cultural program of the 2006 World Cup) and Freax (an opera created in collaboration with Christoph Schlingensief) -- he constantly attempts to undermine the customary image of new music as an affair exclusively for expert audiences. As a pianist, singer, conductor, and performer, Eggert is not only committed to contemporary music but also to the classical repertoire, especially in the areas of lieder and chamber music. He carries on the "Bad Blog of Musick" for the Neue Musikzeitung, the most widely read blog on the subject of contemporary music in Germany. He lives in Munich with his wife, the writer, poet, translator, and literary scholar Andrea Heuser, and their children Milo and Siri.