It’s a busy week for Joseph Moog – on Monday 17 July he returns to the Klavier Festival Ruhr in Münster to perform a varied programme of Haydn, MacDowell, Liszt and a selection of his own arrangements of the American Songbook. Joseph commented:
“The American Songbook is a collection of adaptations, transcriptions and improvisations about American songs, among which very popular standards, but also more unknown melodies are found. It is a very personal approach to the art of transferring vocal music to the piano and, in the widest sense, an homage to the fascination of jazz. As a classical artist, I do not want to compete with the greats of this genre or even enter the world of cross-over. It is rather an attempt to capture some of my improvisations – with the well-known melodies as a kind of musical “bed” – and, moreover, to show the versatility and the wide-ranging harmonious possibilities of these melodies. Many of the plays I have sketched in my musical diary for many years, thus trying to find a tract of what has developed in the free and creative hours between the practice and preparation of the concerts. Still, it is not clear how many songs the songbook will contain later. To this extent it is still the book of a driving companion or a modern minstrel on the piano.”
To read more about Joseph’s programme at the festival, see the Klavier-Festival Ruhr website.
Joseph will then continue onto the Robeco SummerNights festival on the 19 July to play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Dmitri Lisstaking, taking place at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.