The MACABRE program

Like in other art domains, plenty of references to macabre themes can be found in music. Which ‘macabre’ music can be found specifically for the piano? Julia Helena has made a selection of lugubrious pieces which she will talk about and play.

  • B. Herrmann: Prelude from “Psycho” or C. V. Alkan: La Chanson De La Folle Au Bord De La Mer Op.31 No.8
  • S. Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableau Op.39 No.7 in C minor ‘lento lugubre’
  • F. Chopin: Piano Sonata Nr. 2, op.35


  • F. Liszt:
    • Nuages Gris
    • Funerailles
  • Wagner-Liszt: Isolde’s love death
  • Saint-Saens-Liszt-Ritter-Helena: Dance macabre

the CHOPIN program

Chopin was an unusual composer, he composed exclusively for the piano. His piano works are of an amazing variety and styles. It is an adventure to discover the different forms in Chopin’s piano music. This program aims to explore these different forms and to explain its characteristics to those unfamiliar with it.

  • Nocturne Op. 9 no.1 in B flat minor
  • Polonaise-fantasy Op. 61 in A flat major
  • Mazurka in f sharp minor op. 59 n°3
  • Scherzo Op. 31 in B flat minor


  • Fantasy Op. 49 in f minor
  • Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante Op. 22 in E flat major

J.S. Bach original works and transcriptions

Johann Sebastian Bach was a composer with an amazing variety of works. He wrote music for many types of instruments, also the organ and harpsichord. The modern piano did not exist yet. This program aims to show Bach’s original works for harpsichord, but also the efforts of others to transcribe his works for different instruments for the piano.

  • Bach-Zadora: Prelude and Fugue in g minor, BWV 535
  • Bach-Busoni:
    • Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
    • Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
  • J.S. Bach: Toccata in e minor, BWV 914


  • Bach-Liszt: Fantasia and Fugue in g minor, BWV 542
  • Bach-Bauer:
    • Die Seele Ruht in Jesu Händen, BWV 127
    • Jesu bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147
  • J.S. Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in a minor, BWV 944

Preludes, fugues, fantasies and toccatas

Preludes, fugues, fantasies and toccatas are musical forms which have been around since hundreds of years and continue to be used until today. What is so special about these forms? This program wants to explore the particularity these structures, how they emerged, and how they evaluated over time.

  • Bach-Zadora: Prelude and Fugue in g minor, BWV 535
  • F. Schubert: ‘Grazer’ Fantasy
  • C. Debussy: Pour le piano
    1. Prelude
    2. Sarabande
    3. Toccata


  • W.A. Mozart: Prelude (Fantasy) and Fugue in C major, K 394
  • J.S. Bach: Toccata in e minor BWV 914
  • F. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy op. 61 or Fantasy op. 49