Stephan Beneking, award-winning composer, is based in Salzburg, Austria.
Formerly he lived and worked in Berlin, Germany.
He is one of the most prolific composers of New Classical Piano works.
Beneking´s original compositions are in neoclassical, classical, romantic, melodic and contemporary modern classical style for piano solo.
His repertoire comprises more than 500 piano works so far and his music is being played by hobby and professional pianists in many countries. Among his Compositions you can find pieces for beginners and piano students as well as for advanced or even professional pianists:
All scores/sheet music can be downloaded for free on www.beneking.com to make the music available to all interested pianists worldwide.
The unique melodies and melancholy in his pieces attract listeners all over the world, even comparing him with the likes of Chopin, Schuman and Schubert. Pianists appreciate the sudden changes, little surprises and sparkling creativity, that make the pieces enjoyable to play.
Beneking´s style of "pure piano" means literally "crafted" piano works, that concentrate on the pure melody aspect, while the omission of any tempo, dynamics and pedal markings gives every pianist the possiblity to develop his/her own understanding of the work, thus making every single interpretation an unique piece of art, joint product of composer and pianist.
His most famous works so far are his 3 series with 34 Valses melancoliques, of which the"Valse melancolique No. VIII - le desir eternel" won the international Free-Scores Classical Piano contest in 2013. In 2015 he received the 4th prize in "Piano Solo Classic" with "Dance on icy waters No. 1", and in 2016 Stephan won again on the international Free-Scores contest in two categories - 1st prize in "minimalist piano" with "Petit Reve bizarre No. 23" and 1st prize in "binomial composition" with "The two sides of the Rhine river".
Beneking´s classical piano compositions have been publicly performed by various pianists in famous locations around the world, e.g. in New York (Carnegie Hall), London (Royal Albert Hall), Salzburg (Mozarteum), Berlin and in many other cities and countries.
Many of his works are called "Rêves" (dreams) or "Petits Rêves" (dreamlets, little dreams) and refer to relatively short musical ideas, even miniatures, like a short musical "breath". Other works were inspired by Nature (Printemps, Little spring, The last flight of the Cranes, Dances on icy waters), Poetry and Myths (Melusine, Valkyries), the Death (Nocturnes from the Isle of Dead) or the dramatic events of the Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Suite with Petr Ginz, Kristallnacht, The Kiss and other works).
Beneking mainly composes in series of works with a certain theme or connection, often in combination with a compositional challenge (e.g. many compositions for one hand alone or piano works on black or white keys only).
Stephan Beneking ist ein preisgekrönter Komponist klassischer Klaviermusik. Er lebt und arbeitet in Salzburg.
Beneking´s Kompositionen sind in neo-klassischem, romantischen und melancholischem Stil für Piano Solo. Sein Repertoire umfasst mehr als 450 Klavierwerke, und seine Musik wird von sowohl von professionellen Pianisten wie auch von Hobby-Pianisten auf der ganzen Welt gespielt.
Die einzigartigen Melodien und die Melancholie in seinen Stücken hat Hörer auf der ganzen Welt gefunden; diese vergleichen seine Musik bereits mit der von Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert und Schumann.
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Zahlreiche Einspielungen sind auf iTunes, Spotify, Amazon und vielen anderen Plattformen verfügbar.
List of works (overview):
Snow Nocturnes (2018) - 7 Nocturnes in classical and melancholic style
Charlotta Reveries (2018) - 7 Reveries for Charlotta Isabella Zita Maria Beneking
Isabella Nocturnes (2018) - 11 Nocturnes for Isabella Charlotta Maria Zita Beneking
Adieu Nocturnes (2017) - 7 melancholic Nocturnes (Adieu, Adé, Goodbye, Ahoi, Farewell, Abschied, Ciao)
7 Minimal Piano Nocturnes (2017) - 7 neoclassical Nocturnes in "minimal piano" style
7 Nocturnes Romantiques (2016) - 7 Romantic Nocturnes in C, D, E, F, G, A and B Minor
Glasperlenspiel - minimal piano for one hand alone (2016) - 7 pieces for the right hand or left hand alone in G Minor
10 Nocturnes for one hand alone (2016) - 5 for the right hand, 5 for the left hand
Album for One Hand Alone No. 3 (2016) - 16 short piano pieces (8 for the left hand, 8 for the right hand)
Album for One Hand Alone No. 2 (2016) - 20 relatively easy piano pieces (10 for the left hand, 10 for the right hand)
10 Nocturnes-Etudes for one hand alone (2016) - 5 for the right hand, 5 for the left hand
Album for One Hand Alone No. 1 (2016) - 18 relatively easy piano pieces (9 for the left hand, 9 for the right hand)
Amygdala Nocturnes in A / A Flat / A Sharp Minor (2015) - challenging Nocturnes for left / right hand alone and for 2 hands
6 Elegies for one hand alone in B Minor (2015) - 3 for the right hand, 3 for the left hand
6 Nocturnes-Etudes for one hand alone in C Minor (2015) - 3 for the right hand, 3 for the left hand
5 Nocturnes-Valses in G Minor (2015) - can be played separately or combined as "Grande Nocturne-Valse"
5 Nocturnes-Valses in C Minor (2015) - can be played separately or combined as "Grande Nocturne-Valse"
24 Nocturnes (2015) - 24 Nocturnes for young Pianists in all major and minor tonalities
12 Valses melancoliques III - Dance of the Cranes (2015) - ranging from C minor to B minor
24 Valses melancoliques for one hand alone - in all 12 minor tonalities for the left and right hand alone
10 Valses melancoliques for 20 fingers (2014) - arrangements of my Valses series for piano duos
Das kleine Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (2014) -The little match-girl- (2014) trilogy in contemporary classical piano style after the famous short story by the Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen.
Adveniat (2014) - baroque style pieces for the silent and peaceful advent time, in all major and minor tonalities, like a musical advent calendar
Fleurs de la Nuit (2014) - inspired by floral motifs in romantic melancholic style
La grande Petitesse (2014) - challenging piano piece - the 8 parts ("Petitesses") can also be played stand-alone
10 Nocturnes (2013) - "Nachtlieder von der Toteninsel" (Nocturnes from the Isle of Dead)
miniatures for giants (2013) - 5 pure piano miniatures composed specifically for the Klavins 370i Model
A la recherche du temps perdu (2013) - 7 elegiac pieces after the book by Marcel Proust
Zita in Wonderland (2013) - 24 pure neoclassical piano compositions for children and beginners
12 Valses melancoliques II - The Swans (2013) - ranging from C minor to B minor
12 Valkyries-Nocturnes (2013) - ranging from C minor to B minor - Valkyries are figures from the Northern mythology
Zwillingsmädchenlieder (2013) - 5 elegiac piano miniatures in combination with lyrical poems
18 Preludes for one hand alone (2012/2013)
Hommage á Bach (2012) - 4 variations on the B-A-C-H-motif
10 Valses melancoliques (2012) - including the award-winning "Valse melancolique No. VIII - le desir eternel"
The Black and White Panther (2012) - on black and white keys only
8 Preludes Fantaisies (2012)
3 Dances on icy waters (2012)
Une Fleur, The last flight of the Cranes, Petit Printemps and other works (2012)
24 Petits Rêves bizarres (2011)
Various Rêves, Rêveries, Elegies and Phantaisies (1998-2000)
4 Sonates (1998)
12 Nocturnes (1997)
Sonate pour deux pianos (1997)
3 Rêves francaises (1997) - a musical journey through the renaissance France
3 Rêves "et in arcardia ego" (1997) - mythical pieces on the number "3"
Sprudelnder Geist - sparkling mind (1997)
24 Petits Rêves (1997) - in all major and minor tonalities, ranging from B flat minor to A major
3 Ballades (1996)
7 Rêves d´Aix-la-chapelle (1996) - Opus I
Picture: Manuscriptum of the composition "Printemps", 1999