The composer Ludger Hofmann-Engl performed a piano recital on December the 11th 2003 at 7.30 pm
Unitarian Church Croydon (Greater London).
The programme consists of the following pieces
While much of Hofmann-Engl's work appears to be fragmented, he approaches the Fantasia from a different angle endeavoring to create passages of higher consistency. Unlike Mozart, who left a higher degree of order behind as he wrote his Fantasia, Hofmann-Engl does the opposite creating a higher degree of order when compared to other of his compositions.
Chopin's waltzes display a quasi rondo form, where a specific part or parts of the composition appear throughout the music. Hofmann-Engl's waltzes follow in a similar fashion a quasi rondo form, where one part of the composition reappears throughout the music. However, each time the repeated part is transformed into different appearances although the relationship between the quasi repeated material is recognizable.
The concert concluded with Chopin's last composition. This composition has no ending. This is, once the end of the Mazurka is reached (without any cadence) the instruction is to return to the beginning. Hofmann-Engl followed this instruction in as much as he performed this piece until the last member of the audience had left.
A short biography to Ludger Hofmann-Engl is here.
Programme Notes are here.
A review of the concert by Paul Reader is here.
Travel information: The Unitarian Church is 10 minutes walking distance from East Croydon Station and 2 minutes walking distance from Fairfield Halls.
There is a frequent train service from London Victoria and London Bridge as well as from Brighton.
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