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Slovenská hudba, Vol. 47, No 3, p.203-224, 2021

Title: Alexander Albrecht – Suita pre klavír
Author: Kristína Skatuloková

Abstract: Alexander Albrecht – The Piano Suite
The contribution focuses on a piano piece which, despite its considerable compositional quality, is not frequently presented on Slovak concert stages. The study offers a detailed view on the Piano Suite through analysis of its particular movements – Dance, Humoresque, Lullaby, March – framed with an opening and closing commentary. In this work Alexander Albrecht turns away from impressionistic and neoromantic tendencies and proffers it with a distinctive artistic utterance which at the time – in 1924 – was a pioneering feat.
With the help of music analysis we pointed to the composer’s compositional principles, piano stylization and musical language distinctive for this particular piece. We took the opportunity to observe its form, harmonic principles, motivic-thematic work and music expression of its respective movements. This “modern” suite reveals a rich source of composer’s inspirations by progressive compositional devices noticeable in each of its movements – tritone chords, usage of unconventional intervals etc. Each movement abounds with its own peculiar ideas, mood, originality in the tangle of rich inventiveness.
Albrecht’s Piano Suite has been recorded by two Slovak pianists – Daniela Varínska and Magdaléna Bajuszová. We believe that the music analysis offered by the study will contribute to the endeavour to revive and preserve the heritage of the Slovak music.

Keywords: Alexander Albrecht; piano music; Piano Suite
Published online: 13-Oct-2021
Year: 2021, Volume: 47, Issue: 3 Page From: 203, Page To: 224

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