Debussy and Fauré: French Piano Music
Reinhard Becker, Piano.
Debussy(1862-1918) composed the second volume of the Préludes between 1910 and 1913. The transitional stage characterizing the works of Debussy's final period comes out in these pieces very clearly. The undiminished intensity with which Debussy affected subsequent composers is still obvious in the present time if we look at Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ohana and George Crumb.
Thèmes et Variations by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) were published in 1910. Omitting the unfolding of outward splendor and artistic brilliance, Fauré only follows the internal principles of music. Witch its sticking to fundamental and turning from external, Thèmes et Variations are a typical late work.
Reinhard Becker: A biography
Pianist Reinhard Becker received his first musical education from Heidi Bader-Benmesaoud (piano) and Wolfgang Gönnenwein (theory) at Michelbach/Bilz, a boarding school then very much musically oriented. He was professionally trained by Hans Kann (Vienna) and Naoyuki Taneda (Karlsruhe). Studies with Hans Leygraf (Salzburg) and Günter Reinhold (Karlsruhe) complemented this foundation.
Since 1981, Becker has taught a piano class at the University of Music Trossingen. From this class, numerous piano educators and pianists have emerged, among them many top prize winners in international competitions (Busoni, Gina Bachauer-Salt Lake City, WPC London, Bellini and others).
He has undertaken concert tours to Brazil, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Singapore, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United States and Yugoslavia. Becker's repertoire focuses on Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and Debussy, to each of whom he dedicated special programmes.
In addition to constantly expanding his standard repertoire, he takes a particular interest in recent developments in piano composition. Reinhard Becker has recorded for radio, television, and on CD. His earliest recordings were of works by Johann Sebastian Bach for television.