Pratten, Sidney - Forgotten - Video

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Pratten, Sidney - Forgotten - Video

Post by Heike Matthiesen » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:48 pm

Dear friends,
a little excerpt from my latest project called "Guitar Ladies": A very Schubertian "Song without words" by Madame Sidney Pratten.
Born in Germany she was a child prodige who preformed with Regondi, later she moved to England and became guitar teacher of the daughters of Queen Victoria and an important figure in guitar life of that times, as teacher, performer and composer.
I yet did nowhere find a complete list of her compositions, always discovering something new!


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Re: Pratten, Sidney: Forgotten

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:32 pm

There's a problem here, the video doesn't exist?
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Post by GeoffB » Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:52 pm

Stephen Kenyon wrote:There's a problem here, the video doesn't exist?
Tagging error, now fixed!
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Post by astro64 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:03 pm

Very nice piece and performance Heike. IIs that a spruce Friederich instrument?

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Post by Heike Matthiesen » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:37 pm

Yes, it is a spruce, an old one from the sixties, but the top is very dark for a spruce. The same guitar I used for my Dyens-album. She has a warm mezzosoprano sound, very cosy to play but not that explosive for stages and challenging concert halls
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Post by Kent » Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:02 pm

Congratulations Heike.
26 pieces..Wow! Can you post a little more information on the composers?

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Post by Heike Matthiesen » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:43 pm

Hi Kent,
I played music by Pratten, Anido, Presti, Bodorova, Guzman, Stachak, Linnemann, Gubaidulina and Kruisbrink, all pieces with an emphasis on lyrical beauty- the virtuoso pieces just for stage :-) ...like the Carneval of Sidney Pratten ( hm, I really should do a video of that sooner or later!)
I am working for an archive here in Frankfurt , Archiv Frau und Musik, which has the worldwide biggest collection of music by female composers and I have just started to do a little catalogue of all guitar compositions there. The whole collection already is listed online, right now 359 pieces with guitar! http://www.museumsbibliotheken.frankfur ... /index.asp , put "Gitarre" in search field on top and you see all the music.
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Post by Jacek A. Rochacki » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:50 pm

:merci: for your beautiful music! :bravo:
And: I see with joy, that you are familiar with music of not so known contemporary Polish composer, educator and guitarist, Mrs. Tatiana Stachak. I belong to circle of fans of her music and I believe that she deserves wider international recognition. Thank you !
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Post by Heike Matthiesen » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:08 pm

It is a pity that as far as I know Tatiana has never published "bigger" pieces, she writes so beautiful music! @Jacek , I would loooooove to include more of her music in my programs. The little waltz I recorded I play as an encore!
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Post by Jacek A. Rochacki » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:33 pm

Dear Heike:

As far as I know her music is published by the EUTERPE editing office in Kraków, PL. Because of our Forum regulations I can not give here their website etc. details. I wonder if you were in contact with Mrs. Stachak - her web pages are here
http://www.tatianastachak.pl
but I see that the English version is not working.

So I would be honored if you would grant me with your permission of contacting Mrs. Stachak on your behlf and tell her about your recording and your interest in her music.

By the way: I wonder, which of "little waltzes" you have recorded ? is it, perhaps, "Waltz for Susan",
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxhg9NQu-oA
or any of the waltzes published in book titled "Invitation to the waltz" ( „Zaproszenie do walca”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NGcm8cRvSk

With words of admiration of your music
and my best wishes

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Post by Heike Matthiesen » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:30 am

@Jacek, I recorded the cafe waltz from the Invitation to Waltz, I shortly talked to her some years at the music fair here in Frankfurt and I already sent my CD to Mrs.Stachak! But it would be wonderful when you are in contact with her to tell her that I really will love to play more of her music and ask if she has some "Bigger" pieces. The café waltz just was broadcasted in the classical radio station in Hessen as the first track of the CD!
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Post by Jacek A. Rochacki » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:25 pm

@Heike, I do not know Mrs. Stachak in person, I just know her beautiful music and plenty positivenesses about her eductional and public activity. So I have just been talking by the phone with Euterpe - editor of Mrs. Stachak pieces. According to what I've been told, Mrs. Stachak concentrates on small educational forms and so far there are no bigger pieces composed by her :(
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Re: Pratten, Sidney - Forgotten - Video

Post by Heike Matthiesen » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:13 pm

So we have to continue to ask to maybe convince her! @Jacek
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