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Piano Duel: Wölfl versus Beethoven
Mon 24 July 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 BST
Luisa Imorde, piano (as Beethoven)
Thibault Charrin, piano (as Wölfl)
Hermann Haider-Dechant, master of ceremonies (as Baron Wetzlar von Planckenstern)
Austrian Composer, Joseph Wölfl (1773-1812) moved to London in 1805, living his last days in Marylebone, dying in Great Marylebone Street in 1812. A child prodigy, he became a rival to Ludwig van Beethoven; a rivalry which culminated in a piano 'duel' at the house of Count Wetzlar in 1799, at which Beethoven was declared winner. Tonight’s concert aims to recreate this duel, using two Blüthner pianos, period costume, with music by both Beethoven and Wölfl. We will have a ‘master of ceremonies’, Baron Wetzlar von Planckenstern, who will preside over a contest of three rounds, testing the two pianists in following skills: 1st virtuosity, 2nd expression, 3rd free fantasy. The audience will be invited to vote for their winner!
6:45pm Pre-Concert Talk on Joseph Wölfl given by Margrit Haider-Dechant