Ferruccio Busoni: Elegy No. 4, “Turandots Frauengemach” (“Turandot’s Boudoir” in English, I believe). Performed by Marc-André Hamelin.
This short piece belongs to Busoni’s collection of Seven Elegies (composed between 1907-1908), originally titled Neue Klavierstücke in the tradition of Brahms’ piano works. Unlike Brahms, however, Busoni associates each Elegy with a certain program or title.
This Elegy makes extensive use of the English folk melody “Greensleeves,” which can also be heard in his earlier Turandot Suite, and later, his opera Turandot (not to be confused with Giacomo Puccini’s opera of the same name - though both are based on an earlier play by Carlo Gozzi).
The work is dedicated to Busoni’s pupil, the American pianist Michael von Zadora.
It changes often, but for the present “Frauengemach” for boudoir is my favorite word in German. I’m in stitches here.