Thursday 21 October 2021

Felix Yaniewicz: two recitals celebrating the new Edinburgh home for his square piano

The Yaniewicz and Green square piano
The Yaniewicz and Green square piano which features in the recitals

Earlier this year I wrote about an 1810 square piano [see my article] which bore the label Yaniewicz & Green, relating to the Polish-Lithuanian violin virtuoso and composer, Felix Yaniewicz who founded the first Edinburgh Festival in 1815. Now restored and bought by the Friends of Felix Yaniewicz, the piano has arrived in Edinburgh and there are two celebratory concerts planned, both at the Polish Ex-Combatants House, 11 Drummond Place, Edinburgh EH3 6PJ.

On 12 November 2021, Steven Devine plays pieces by Yaniewicz alongside contemporary composers with whom he was associated in different ways over the course of his career, Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, Dussek and Beethoven. And on 14 November 2021, Pawel Siwczak will perform Polish piano music of the 18th and early 19th century by Yaniewicz, Szymanowska, Lessel, Oginski and Chopin, many of whom were writing in exile, in Polonaise and Mazurka dance forms expressing nostalgia for their homeland.

Full details from the Felix Yaniewicz website.

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