Piano battle

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The piano battle is a form of pianistic competition in which two or more pianists vie for the audience's favor.


In the history of ragtime and stride piano in particular , there have been repeated jam sessions in which different pianists competed against each other. Piano battles of this kind are known from Jelly Roll Morton , later from Fats Waller , who used this form of competition with Hank Duncan , and from Erroll Garner .

Piano battle as a concert show

In the current music business there are concert shows that use this form. For example, in the jazz area, Axel Zwingenberger and Frank Muschalle compete against each other on two grand pianos for one evening.

This concept was transferred to the field of classical music by the two German pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis . This concert format has been tried out in several countries since 2009 (including Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Luxembourg). The Piano Battle combines the format of the classical piano evening with the situation of a duel between two pianists, whereby the audience is asked to vote on the outcome of the competition. The repertoire played includes pieces by well-known classical composers such as Mozart, Debussy, Chopin and Liszt, as well as works from the 20th and 21st centuries by e. B. Moritz Eggert or Peter Feuchtwanger . In addition, there is often a "battle" round in which the two pianists improvise over melodies and titles given by the audience.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. David A. Jasen & Gordon Gene Jones Black bottom stomp: eight masters of ragtime and early jazz 2001, p. 139
  2. Ain't misbehavin ': the story of Fats Waller 1975, p. 170
  3. James M. Doran Erroll Garner, the most happy piano 1985, p. 71
  4. Piano battle on two grand pianos with Zwingenberger and Muschalle ( Memento of the original from February 14, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.myheimat.de
  5. [1] Interview with Andreas Kern about Piano Battle at the Piano City Berlin Festival 2010
  6. ^ [2] Piano Battle in Guangzhou, China (September 2011)
  7. ^ [3] Piano Battle in Shenzhen, China (September 2011)
  8. ^ [4] Piano Battle in Luxembourg (September 2011)
  9. [5] Piano Battle at the Hualien International Music Festival (October 2011)
  10. [6] Piano Battle at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center (December 2011)