To awaken musical creativity and get to know Urtext practice - this is the unique and innovative idea pursued by Expedition Klavier. Expedition Klavier is an album of selected easy Piano pieces from various Wiener Urtext editions. The volume contains well-known and lesser known original compositions from Bach to Schoenberg which are intended to diversify second- and third-year Piano lessons. In contrast to common play-along media, the accompanying CD focuses on a representative selection of pieces from the compositions contained in this volume, thus giving the pupil the opportunity to do his or her own imaginative exploring. He or she will go on an exciting trip through the epochs which is presented by the pianist Markus Schirmer from Graz.
This trip illustrates the varied forms and facets of the compositions contained in this volume, from finding the adequate tempo to gaining an insight into an original manuscript by Bach. Internet links listed in an appendix referring to the compositions encourage the pupil to search for other traces. It was with deliberate intent that the music pieces were performed not solely by the professional pianist Markus Schirmer but also by his 12-year-old 'travelling companion' Philipp Scheucher. The reduced distance between the performance of a player of the same age and one's own performance will motivate the pupil better than a still unattainable concert-like performance. Nevertheless, this exemplary goal is not suppressed here. An interview with the piano teacher Maria Zgubic from Graz at the end of the CD explains to parents and teachers the purpose and meaningfulness of 'Expedition Klavier'.