Warms Up with Schubert
VIDEO Meet Anton Nel
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Schubert “Wanderer” Fantasy in C
Piano virtuoso Anton Nel warms up by playing a little Schubert while waiting for his morning coffee to brew. We get to listen, and actually walk through his house as Anton Nel plays Schubert. We also get a little tour of his home and art collection. Here’s stimulation for everyone of our senses, by a master piano virtuoso Anton Nel. Enjoy.
The Fantasie in C major, Op. 15 (D. 760), popularly known as the Wanderer Fantasy, is a four-movement fantasy for solo piano composed by Franz Schubert in November 1822. It is considered Schubert’s most technically demanding composition for the piano. Schubert himself said “the devil may play it”, in reference to his own inability to do so properly.
Schubert composed this work in 1822, the same year he started the Unfinished Symphony. It was written for, and dedicated to Carl Emanuel Liebenberg von Zsittin, who had studied piano with Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Schubert wrote it in the hope of earning some money from the dedication.
The Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, who was fascinated by the Wanderer Fantasy, transcribed it for piano and orchestra (S.366) and two pianos (S.653). He additionally edited the original score and added some various interpretations in ossia, and made a complete rearrangement of the final movement (S.565a).
Nel was born to Afrikaans-speaking parents in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nel made his debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study. A students of Adolph Hallis, he went on to win top honors in several South African national competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality.
Read his whole story… about Anton Nel
Nel became a U.S. citizen in 2003.
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