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Carl David Stegmann

JOSEPH HAYDN
Symphony No. 85 (‘La Reine’) arranged for pianoforte La Reine
Symphony No. 48 (‘Maria Theresia’) arranged for pianoforte La Reine
Symphony No. 92 (‘Oxford’) arranged for pianoforte La Reine


Carl David Stegmann (1751–1826) enjoyed a successful career as a musical polymath and performed professionally as a singer (appearing in the first German-language production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Mainz in 1789), harpsichordist and pianist, conductor, actor and theatre director as well as being a successful composer in his own right. He made a relatively small, but elegant contribution, to that significant 19th-century phenomenon, popular keyboard arrangements of orchestral and chamber works that made such repertoire widely accessible within a domestic setting. Although Stegmann produced only three sets of piano arrangements, the works he (and/or his publisher) selected for publication were of the highest quality: some 30 or so arrangements of Haydn’s Symphonies for solo piano, Beethoven’s Trios Op.9 for solo piano, and Mozart’s String Quintets for piano duet.

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