Elisaveta Blumina

Ignaz Moscheles, born in 1794 in Prague, was highly regarded by Robert Schumann. He lived in London as of 1821, moving to Leipzig in 1846. His fame during his lifetime was due primarily due to his career as a piano virtuoso, and the piano always takes an important role in his compositions as well. His musical thinking was highly influenced by the great German baroque composers Bach and Handel, who influenced his own romantic gesture. His veneration of Bach can be heard in the transcriptions for violoncello and piano of ten of Bach’s preludes from the Well-Tempered Clavier. In the second movement of the major Sonata for Violoncello, op. 121, we hear the sound of folk music from Moscheles’ Bohemian homeland: “Ballade – in the Bohemian manner”.