Soon or late each of us lives a farewell: farewell from a loved one, a friend, a relative, a city, a country… This moment gives extremely intense feelings which space from sadness to hope, from despair to desire, from nostalgia to resignation. Composers put into sound this large spectrum of emotions. Bach wrote the Capriccio BWV 992 when he was 18 years old and his beloved brother left home. Beethoven composed the sonata op.81a for his patron, the Archduke Rudolph of Austria, who was forced to leave Vienna from the French attack on the city. The ‘Gesang der Frühe’ is the last important piano work by Schumann. Considering the fragility of his mental health at that time it sounds like a farewell from life. The Winterreise by Franz Schubert (here some parts of it are performed in a piano transcription by Liszt) is a collection of songs telling the struggling farewell of a man from his beloved one who chose to marry someone else. The canon by the Italian composer Fulvio Delli Pizzi is a refined contemporary interpretation of this millenary theme.
Johann Sebastian Bach - Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo BWV 992
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata op.81a in E-Flat Major 'Les Adieux'
Robert Schumann - Gesänge der Frühe op.133
Fulvio Delli Pizzi - Canon 'adieux mes amours'
Franz Liszt / Franz Schubert - Winterreise (selection)