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He gave the premiere gieseling Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in Gieseking had a very wide repertoire, ranging from various pieces by Bach and the core works by Beethoven to the concertos of Rachmaninoff and more modern works by composers such as BusoniHindemithSchoenberg and the lesser-known Italian Petrassi.

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He was criticized for this by pianists Vladimir Horowitzwho, in the book Evenings with Horowitzcalls Gieseking a “supporter of the Nazi,” and by Arthur Rubinstein who recounted in his book My Many Years a conversation with Gieseking in which alleges he said “I am a committed Nazi. Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by heart in gieseknig day. His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Because of his gifts of a natural technique, perfect pitch, and abnormally acute faculty for memorization, Gieseking was able to master unfamiliar repertoire with relatively little practice.

His first London piano recital took place inestablishing an exceptional and lasting reputation. In December,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed.

Sonatine for Flute and Piano (Gieseking, Walter)

His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. He continued to play in many other countries, and in he finally returned to the United States. For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of music students by teacher: Although there had been other protests in Australia and Peru, for examplehis American tour was the only group of concerts actually cancelled due to the outcry.


He had completed the first three movements and, the following day, was due to record the rondo finale but died a few days later of postoperative complications for the relief of pancreatitis. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Today, though, he is particularly remembered for his recordings of the complete piano works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the two French impressionist masters Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravelvirtually all of whose solo piano music he recorded on LP for EMI in the early s the Mozart and Debussy sets have recently been re-released on CDafter recording much of it for Columbia in the s and s, some of which have also been re-released on CD.

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As Gieseking’s father had earned a living as a lepidopteristGieseking also devoted much time to the collecting of butterflies and moths throughout his life. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Walter Gieseking

His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. This article has multiple issues. By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U. Views Read Edit View history. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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Parallel to Gieseking’s work as a performing artist he was also a composer, but even in his lifetime his compositions were hardly known, and he made no attempt to give them publicity. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Hitler is saving our country. From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano.

He made his first appearance as a concert pianist inbut was conscripted in and spent the remainder of World War I as a regimental bandsman. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

Gieseking’s performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concertoin which anti-aircraft fire is audible, is one of the earliest stereo recordings, following a rendition of the same work in for Columbia, with Bruno Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. Born in LyonFrance, the son of a German doctor and lepidopteristGieseking first started playing the piano at the age of four, but without formal instruction.

From to earlyhe studied at the Hanover Conservatory. A few of them have recently giesekingg recorded on CD. Although some of his performances, particularly live, could be marred by wrong notes, Gieseking’s best performances, as in studio recording sessions, were virtually flawless. This article needs additional citations for verification.