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Although there had been other protests in Australia and Peru, for examplehis American tour was the only group of concerts actually cancelled due to giseking outcry. 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.
Walter Gieseking – Wikipedia
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. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.
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.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. A few of them have recently been recorded on CD. It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Retrieved from ” https: Sometimes, according to Harold C. Gieseking’s performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concertoin which anti-aircraft fire is audible, is one of the earliest stereo fflute, following a rendition of the same work in for Columbia, with Bruno Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.
This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat 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 giessking am a committed Nazi. His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated. From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano. His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.
His concert in Giesekiing Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. 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. He continued to play in many other countries, and in he finally returned to the United States.
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His first London giesekig recital took place inestablishing an exceptional and lasting reputation. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.
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. In December,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed. Views Read Edit View history. By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by fute in one day.
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.
There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. Although some of his performances, particularly live, could be marred gieeking wrong notes, Gieseking’s best performances, as in studio recording sessions, were virtually flawless. Wikiquote has quotations related to: For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of music students by teacher: Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.