Ellington Profile HR

Georg Phillip Telemann and the piano teacher Carl Czerny are among the most productive composers of all time. Telemann wrote approximately 1,000 concertos while Czerny produced an equal number of piano etudes. However, this number is comparatively small next to another composer who would have been 100 years old on April 29th. Duke Ellington, one of the heroes of the Big Band and Swing Era, brought more than 2,000 works to paper. Since he wrote a lot of so-called entertainment music, one would be inclined not to take this figure too seriously. In fact, many of his pieces are songs that only last a few minutes. However, Duke Ellington also wrote very complex works, such as suites with several movements, remakes of classical compositions, and three sacred concerts that he wrote towards the end of his life. Georg Hirsch has followed Duke Ellington's tracks and visited, among others, two of his grand children who live in New York and who are both artistically talented.

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