Mayer: Piano Trios & Notturno
Ernst, Jutta; Trio Vivente; Schreiber, Anne Katharina
Emilie Mayer, born in 1812 in Friedland, Mecklenburg, produced an extensive oeuvre in a wide range of musical genres unmatched by any other woman composer of the nineteenth century. Influenced by her studies with Carl Loewe, she mainly occupied herself with works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven and developed a compositional style of her own deliberately following outstanding classical models. In 1850 she organized her first concert exclusively featuring her own compositions at the Berlin Playhouse. She was able to realize what remained a wish dream for most women composers of her generation: highly acclaimed by the critics, she successfully established herself as a composer. Piano chamber music accounts for the largest share of Emilie Mayer’s oeuvre. The main motive of the first theme of her Piano Trio op. 16 functions as the sole thematic figure and pervades the entire development section, while in her op. 13 she more closely adheres to the classical practices of thematic elaboration. The greater formal freedom of the Notturno forming her last composition and op. 48 offers her the opportunity to move far away from classical formal language. In a loosely connected, practically associative sequence she develops a peacefully flowing narrative from the basic theme initially presented in choral style. The narrative explores the theme from constantly new angles of vision and develops it in a strongly expressive manner.