Felix Petyrek was born in Brünn on May 14, 1892, and died in Vienna on December 1, 1951. As a composer and pianist as well, he belonged to the most prominent exponents of new music in the German-speaking area in the 1920s. Within his work, which includes all genres and is characterized by an amazing stylistic variety, music for the piano has assumed a specific rank: His Sechs groteske Klavierstücke (Six grotesque pieces for piano), for example, gathered great attention through their pastiche of styles at the beginning of the 1920s.
In addition to his parodistic capabilities, Petyrek is able to move within historical idioms almost playfully. As a motivated teacher for piano and composition, who worked, among others, in Abbazia and Athens, later also at the universities of music in Stuttgart and Leipzig, Petyrek knew about the importance of educationally-oriented pieces, which were likewise suitable for studies and concert performances. This also goes for the three short pieces for piano published for the first time, which have been edited under the title Drei Miniaturen für Klavier (Three miniatures for piano).
Within these Three miniatures for piano, which are already suitable for players of medium level, Petyrek presents himself as an artist of change par excellence: The Irrelohe-Foxtrott reflects Petyrek’s grotesque humour, while the Mazurka turns out to be a graceful study of style following the footsteps of Chopin. The Fuge (Fugue) unites Reger’s usage of counterpoints and chromaticism with Petyrek’s typical humour.