- CD: Drums, Bells, and Whistles - Viennese Music on the Thym Piano

CD: Drums, Bells, and Whistles - Viennese Music on the Thym Piano

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 CD: Drums, Bells, and Whistles - Viennese Music on the Anton Martin Thym Grand Piano at the National Music Museum

Before our era of electronically-generated special effects, keyboards like the NMM’s 1815 Thÿm grand piano were making their own effects through ingenious pedal actions. Susanne Skyrm’s new CD Drums, Bells, and Whistles: Viennese Music on the National Music Museum’s Anton Martin Thÿm Grand Piano features skillful performances on one of the National Music Museum’s most novel of historic keyboards.

Skyrm masters this remarkable piano’s seven pedals—the una corda, bassoon, harp, dampers, double moderator, moderator, and Janissary (Turkish bells and bass drum)—to create its variety of instrumental sounds. The CD features 18th and early 19th-century works by Wanhal, Voříšek, Herz, and Hummel -- all ideally suited to the Thÿm.

 CD - Susanne Skyrm, pianist Professor of Piano emerita, University of South Dakota, Dr. Skyrm specializes in early and modern piano. She gave the debut performance of the National Music Museum’s 1767 Portuguese Antunes fortepiano when it was added to the NMM’s collections in 1992. That led to her interest in the Thÿm. Skyrm, who has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the US and Europe, previously released a CD on the NMM’s Antunes piano and another, an anthology of 18th-century Spanish keyboard music.

National Music Museum, 2016.  Duration: 62'

   CD:  Drums, Bells, Whistles

Track List (click links below to hear MP3 excerpts);

Johann Baptiste Wanhal (1739-1813)

The Naval Battle of Trafalgar and the Death of Lord Nelson 
Narration by Ronald Moyer

Jan Vaclav Hugo Voříšek (1791-1825)

6 Impromptus, Op. 7 (1822)

1.  C Major
2.  G Major
3.  D Major
4.  A Major
6.  B Major

Henri Herz (1803-1888)

Trois nocturnes charactéristiques, Op. 45 (1828) 

La dolcezza                                                     

       La melancolia                                                                               

       La seplicitá

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)

Trois amusements en forme des caprices, Op. 105 (1824)

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