Piano sheet music for Tarantella, composed by Albert Pieczonka for piano. Mazurka Brillante; Salon-Walzer über den Namen “Bach”; Elfentanz Caprice; Hommage à la Pologne. Mazurka; Second Tarantella in E major. Composer Time . The only information we have on Albert Pieczonka (ca. ) is sketchy and not completely reliable. For example, his first name may have been “Alfred.

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Albert Pieczonka

Pieczonka was the youngest of three children born to Gotthilf Immanuel and Friederike Caroline Dorothea Rehlander Pieczonka Since this measure is identical to measure in every other edition I have seen—historical and current—I tarangella come to the conclusion that it is a misprint. Of the historic American editions I have examined, only one edition retained this original, first syncopation: And for good reason. The couple had eight children, one of whom died as an infant.

There is no doubt that the Tarantella in A Minor was the composition that made Albert Pieczonka famousespecially in the United States.

His most famous work, the ” Tarantella in A Minor”, remains a popular piano standard more than years after his death. It is interesting to note that the American edition by White-Smith Publishers and the American Schirmer edition are both faithful to the first edition in measure It featured mazurkas, waltzes, a fandango, a polonaise and was framed by two tarantellas that are linked motivically —the A Minor Tarantella is first and the E Minor Tarantella is the last dance of the set.


A free copy of the Tarantella in A Minorpublished by Augenercan be downloaded from Pianoarchive. Inor thereabout, the Pieczonka family emigrated from continental Europe to London, England. The left hand accompaniment in measure appears changed in only the Augener edition from London. For many years it was often identified as the Tarantelle in A Minor.

In many current American editions, this accompaniment has been simplified, as seen here: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The family eventually settled on the upper east side of Manhattan at East 95th Street. AliceKatheEmilyHelenHansand Evawere born in London, England.

Albert Pieczonka|History of Pieczonka’s Tarantella in A Minor

The reviews of the Piecxonka have always been stellar. What is missing in most of our current editions is the very first syncopation of measures Boosey and Sons, London. As with the case of measure 93, there is no documentation as to how or why this simplification was made. The source of the altered measure has yet to be discovered.

Two of the children, Ernst and Fannywere born piecczonka East Prussia. InPieczonka married one of his students, Nancy “Nanny” Wohlgeboren Note-wise, most of our current editions of the Tarantella are faithful to the Augener edition, with the exceptions of measure 93, measuresand measures It is musicianly, and yet thoroughly attractive to the average player.

For over a hundred years, it has appealed to students of all ages with its flashy idiomatic figurations, pianistic style, technical ease, and tuneful melodies. Trow Directory Printing and Bookbinding Co. I believe that Pieczonka actually looked to an earlier work by Chopin for inspiration: Although there is a brief hint of this pattern in measure of the Chopin Tarantelle.


Chopin died just as Pieczonka was tarantells the Leipzig Conservatory inbut his compositional legacy had a big impact on Albert Pieczonka.

There is some evidence that Pieczonka wrote and published the A Minor Tarantella a few years earlier. In England, Pieczonka performed concerts and gave music lessons to children of the wealthy.

Danses de Salon (Pieczonka, Albert)

There is no known existing manuscript of the Tarantellaso the Augener edition is the earliest source. Albert Emil Theodor Pieczonka February 10, – April 12, was a composerpianist and music instructor who resided in GermanyEnglandand the United States. Perhaps it was just an editorial simplification that became popular. Replacing this initial syncopation with the straightforward broken chord accompaniment we commonly see today was one of the first changes made by most of the American publishers post Even in some of the American editions that had simplified measure 93, this original accompaniment in measures can be found.

As expected, the post London Augener edition retains the original notes to measures 93, and Syncopation in Measures 10 to Pieczonka died of pneumonia in his Manhattan home on April 12, In America he was more particularly engaged in teaching and composing.