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Lera Auerbach: World Premiere of “Ludwig’s Nightmare” in Bonn

Lera Auerbach’s piano work “Ludwig’s Nightmare” received its world premiere on 11 December 2007 in the auditorium of the Rhenish Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn.

This work, commissioned by German Telecom, is being presented by six competitors in the semi-finals of the Second International Beethoven Competition for Piano Bonn, under the patronage of Federal President Horst Köhler. This renowned piano competition was founded last year and is being organised for pianists between the ages of 20 and 32.

Lera Auerbach has this to say about “Ludwig’s Nightmare:” “When I finished the work it didn’t yet have a title. ‘Prelude, Toccata and Postlude’ was my first thought, which I immediately discarded as conservative and boring. But what should I call the piece?

“As often happens in dreams, the most random elements suddenly reveal common characteristics in ‘Ludwig’s Nightmare’. They seem to belong together in a strange, distorted reality which has its own proportions, its own feeling of time and its own timelessness. All art arises from dreams and it is perhaps only in dreams that fate can reveal its hidden threads to us, the threads that connect each day with the next. Dreams are full of symbols, even if they can only be found again in memories.”

11 December 2007
Auditorium of the Rhenish Friedrich-Wilhelm University Bonn
Semi-finals of the Second International Beethoven Competition for Piano Bonn
World premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “Ludwig’s Nightmare” for piano