Piano sheet music for Tarantella, composed by Albert Pieczonka for piano. Mazurka Brillante; Salon-Walzer über den Namen “Bach”; Elfentanz Caprice; Hommage à la Pologne. Mazurka; Second Tarantella in E major. Composer Time . The only information we have on Albert Pieczonka (ca. ) is sketchy and not completely reliable. For example, his first name may have been “Alfred.

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AliceKatheEmilyHelenHansand Evawere born in London, England. As with the case of measure 93, there is no documentation as to how or why this simplification was made. The source of the altered measure has yet to be discovered. Albert Emil Theodor Pieczonka February 10, – April 12, was a composerpianist and music instructor who resided in GermanyEnglandand the United States. Today, this city, which was heavily damaged during the Second World Waris named Kaliningrad. Tarajtella aroundthe notes of these measures were changed and simplified in several of the American peczonka.

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Although there is a brief hint of this pattern in measure of the Chopin Tarantelle. The pieczonnka was published in by Augener of London.

His performances consistently garnered favorable reviews from the press. This page was last edited on 25 Pieczonakat There is no known existing manuscript of the Tarantellaso the Augener edition is the earliest source. On page 72 of that issue, the editor describes it: Pieczonka was the youngest of three children born to Gotthilf Immanuel and Friederike Caroline Dorothea Rehlander Pieczonka Measures to Pieczobka this initial syncopation with the straightforward broken chord accompaniment we commonly see today was one of the first changes made by most of the American publishers post Alnert the time, the United States did not recognize foreign copyrights, so it is doubtful that Pieczonka, who had already published the Tarantella in London, had any connection with this American publishing frenzy.


It is musicianly, and yet thoroughly attractive to the average player. For over a hundred years, it has appealed to students of all ages with its flashy idiomatic figurations, pianistic style, technical ease, and tuneful melodies.

Albert Pieczonka|History of Pieczonka’s Tarantella in A Minor

It is equally doubtful that he received any royalties from the American publishers. In many current American editions, this accompaniment has been simplified, as seen here: He outlived all but two of his children. Even in some of the American editions that had simplified measure 93, this original accompaniment pieczknka measures can be found.

There is some evidence that Pieczonka wrote and published the A Minor Tarantella a few years earlier.

Pieczonk, most of our current editions of the Tarantella are faithful to the Augener edition, with the exceptions of measure 93, measuresand measures Here is measure 93 as it appears in the original Augener edition: Two of the children, Ernst and Fannywere born in East Prussia.

Pedagogically, it is in a class by itself in terms of motivating students to tackle more challenging master works. The Life of Mendelssohn.

It is a flashy piece that is fun to play. A free copy of the Tarantella in A Minorpublished by Augenercan be downloaded from Pianoarchive.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His widow, Nancy, died on November 18, Syncopation in Measures 10 to He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Views Read Edit View history. He studied at the University of Konigsberg and also at Leipzig Conservatory, after which he made a series of concert tours in German.


Tarantella: Piano: Albert Pieczonka

Note and Rhythm Changes. As expected, the post London Augener edition retains the original notes to measures 93, and Chopin died just as Pieczonka was leaving the Leipzig Conservatory inbut his compositional legacy had a big impact tarantelal Albert Pieczonka.

His most famous work, the ” Tarantella in A Minor”, remains a popular piano standard more than years after his death. His success in London won him the friendship of such men as Liszt and Rubinstein. It is interesting to note that the American edition by White-Smith Publishers and the American Schirmer edition are both faithful to the first edition in measure In February,the Tarantella in A Minor was the first of the featured compositions in the popular music magazine, The Etude.

There is no doubt that the Tarantella in A Minor was the composition that made Albert Pieczonka famousespecially in the United States. What is missing tarante,la most of our current editions is the very first syncopation of measures The reviews of the Tarantella have always been stellar.


InPieczonka married one of his students, Nancy “Nanny” Wohlgeboren The Musical World, Vol. For the return of the main theme in twrantellaPieczonka originally added an inverted pedal point— i.

In the original Augener edition, Pieczonka actually opened his famous Tarantella melody with a syncopated accompaniment, as seen here: