Peter Feuchtwanger, who was born in Munich and lives in London, is one of the most highly acclaimed piano teachers of our time. He had also become known as a composer who was held in high esteem internationally by the time he won first prize for composition at the Viotti Competition (in Italy) for his "Variations on an Eastern Folk Tune". There is great appreciation for his works, which are influenced by traditional forms of Eastern music, because of their special, very personal tonal idiom.
Three of Peter Feuchtwanger's best known pieces have now been published in Volume 1 of his Compositions for Piano. Tariqa I and Tariqa II are sound studies based on preludes in Persian or Arabic music. Dhun is a Råga Tilang in a northern Indian idiom.
Peter Feuchtwanger transforms the sound of a concert piano into that of a Persian santur, an Arab Qånun or an Indian sitar without adapting the piano, but simply through the precise coordination of his fingering and pedal technique.
This exceptional technique for creating sound prompted the composer to include an explanatory DVD to accompany the music. It includes complete performances of the three studies played by Achim Clemens, as well as 84 clips with detailed recordings of the places which require particular explanation. As a bonus, there is also a short composition by Peter Feuchtwanger, Råga Bhatiåli, to watch, performed by the composer.
Achim Clemens Romantic Piano Transcriptions
Chaconne in D minor
(from Partita no. 2 for Solo Violin BMV 1004)
for the left hand
Minuet in G minor
(HWV 434 no. 1)
„Orpheus’ Lament“/„Orpheus’ Klage“ and „Dance of the Blessed Spirits“/„Regeln der seligen Geister“
from Gluck’s opera ‚Orfeo‘
„Melody from Weber ' s Freischütz“
(from ‚School for the Left hand‘, op. 302)
„On the Wings of Song“/„Auf den Flügeln des Gesanges“
Etude op. 10 no.3 for the left hand
(no.5 in D-flat major, from, 53 Studies on Chopin’s Etudes‘)
Wolfram’s Romance „O du mein holder Abendstern“
(from the opera ‚Tannhäuser‘, Act 3)
J. Strauss II/Schütt
Waltz from „Die Fledermaus“