The Piano works of Adolf Busch - A tentative approach to modernity

Wednesday 19 February 2020, 4.00PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Jakob Fichert

The works of Adolf Busch (1891-1952) are deeply rooted in the late romantic tradition of Brahms and Reger, but his oeuvre is not entirely untouched by modernist tendencies. 

This is manifestly shown in the Piano Sonata op. 25, which was written in 1922 and constitutes Busch’s most substantial and significant piano solo piece. Shortly after the end of World War One, Busch relocated from Vienna to Berlin, a vibrant city at the heart of the newly founded Weimar Republic, where societal and artistic reform was in the air. It is safe to assume that this new environment inspired him to write some of his most innovative works.

In this lecture recital I will discuss the composer’s stylistic development and highlight aspects of his writing which tentatively point towards modernity. I will illustrate the composer’s aesthetic approaches by performing parts of the Piano Sonata as well as examples of his early and late periods.

Jakob Fichert is a pianist with an international profile. He has repeatedly performed in prestigious venues and festivals and has recorded for Naxos, Toccata Classics, Divine Arts and Resonus Classics to great critical acclaim both as a soloist and collaborating artist. His concerts have taken him all over the world to countries in the Far East, South America and Europe.

A much in demand pedagogue, Jakob has given numerous master classes for music specialist schools, conservatoires and universities in the UK, China and Mexico. He works as an examiner for ABRSM, teaches the piano at the Universities of York and Leeds and holds the position of Principal Lecturer in Piano at Leeds College of Music.

Jakob is currently working on a PhD on the piano works by Adolf Busch under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Laws.


Location: MRC/Rymer Auditorium

Admission: Free