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Forgotten Melodies (Vergessene Weisen) Op. 39

By Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

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Composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951). Edited by Christopher Flamm. This edition: second Medtner edition - revised and reprinted. Sheet Music. Published by Zimmermann (PE.ZM34780).

Item Number: PE.ZM34780

Nikolai Karlovich Medtner was born in Moscow on January 5, 1880; he died in London on November 13, 1951. After the 'Skazki' (Fairy Tales), Opus 51, this is the second Medtner edition which was revised and reprinted. The cycle 'Forgotten Pleasures', Opus 39, belongs to Medtner's most important works. He wrote it just before he left his native Russia in 1921, and it represents a significant compositional turn in Medtner's output. However much Medtner's aesthetics were those of the 19th century, he nonetheless created a new structure by his efforts to combine the character piece with the form of a sonata. Therefore, Opus 39 should be regarded as a cyclic entity even though Medtner himself performed the whole work only once (on the occasion of its premiere at the Moscow conservatory in 1921). Christoph Flamm has carefully edited this new edition based on the first edition published by Julius Heinrich Zimmermann. An extensive preface offers information about the work and the revisions.

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