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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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The family eventually settled on the upper east side of Manhattan at East 95th Street. There is some evidence that Pieczonka wrote and published the A Minor Tarantella a few years earlier. Since this measure is identical to measure in every other edition I have seen—historical and current—I have come to the conclusion that it is a misprint.

He studied at the University of Konigsberg and also at Leipzig Conservatory, after which he made a series of concert tours in German. There is no doubt that the Tarantella in A Minor was the composition that made Albert Pieczonka famousespecially in the United States.

There is no known existing manuscript of the Tarantellaso the Augener edition is the earliest source.


tatantella In many current American editions, this accompaniment has been simplified, as seen here: It is a flashy piece that is fun to play. The reviews of the Tarantella have always been stellar. His performances consistently garnered favorable reviews from the press. The source of the altered measure has yet to be discovered. Indeed the half cadence followed by silence, from the post American editions, is very different from the authentic cadence and continuous 8ths of the original London edition.


His success in London won him the friendship of such men as Liszt and Rubinstein. His best known work is his Tarantella. His widow, Nancy, died on November 18, For over a hundred years, it has appealed to students of all ages wlbert its flashy idiomatic figurations, pianistic style, technical ease, and tuneful melodies.

In Pieczobka,the Tarantella in A Minor was the first of the featured compositions in the popular music magazine, The Etude. As with the case of measure 93, there is no documentation as to how or why this simplification was made. The left hand accompaniment in measure appears changed in only the Augener edition from London. AliceKatheEmilyHelenHans pieczzonka, and Evawere born in London, England.

For many years it was often identified as the Tarantelle in A Minor. Pieczonka was the youngest of three children born to Gotthilf Immanuel and Friederike Caroline Dorothea Rehlander Pieczonka It featured mazurkas, waltzes, a fandango, a polonaise and was framed by two tarantellas that are linked motivically —the A Minor Tarantella is first and the E Minor Tarantella is the last dance of the set.

Inor thereabout, the Pieczonka family emigrated from continental Europe to London, England. And for good reason. He may have also studied under Franz Liszt before undertaking a solo career. Syncopation in Measures 10 to Below is measure 93 as it appears in most American editions dated after Retrieved from ” https: At 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.

Boosey and Sons, London.

Danses de Salon (Pieczonka, Albert) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

A free copy of the Tarantella in A Minorpublished by Augenercan be downloaded from Pianoarchive. Today, this city, which was heavily damaged during the Second World Waris named Kaliningrad.


He outlived all but two of his children.

Note and Rhythm Changes. It lies within the Kaliningrad Oblastthe westernmost exclave of Russia. Son, Ernst, was partially paralyzed as the result of a fall during childhood and died in England about Two of the children, Ernst and Fannywere born in East Prussia. The set was published in by Augener of London.

It is musicianly, and yet thoroughly attractive to the average player. The Life of Mendelssohn.

Replacing 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 Following Pieczonka’s death, a blurb appeared in the monthly music magazine Etude:.

Here is measure 93 as it appears in the original Augener edition: He was survived by his wife and two daughters. Trow Directory Printing and Bookbinding Co. InPpieczonka married one of his students, Nancy “Nanny” Wohlgeboren In England, Pieczonka performed concerts and gave music lessons to children of the wealthy. Although there is a brief hint of this pattern in measure of the Chopin Tarantelle.

His most famous work, the ” Tarantella in A Minor”, remains a popular piano standard more than years after his death.