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By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U. Although there had been other protests in Australia and Peru, for examplehis American tour was the only igeseking of concerts actually cancelled due to the outcry. 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.

His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated. Gieseking had a very wide repertoire, ranging from various pieces by Bach and the core works by Beethoven to the concertos of Rachmaninoff and gkeseking modern works by composers such as BusoniHindemithSchoenberg and the lesser-known Italian Petrassi.

He continued to play in many other countries, and in he finally returned to the United States. A few of them have recently been recorded on CD.

His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. Retrieved from ” https: Wikiquote has quotations related to: Because of his gifts of a natural technique, perfect pitch, and abnormally acute faculty gieesking memorization, Gieseking was able to master unfamiliar repertoire with relatively little practice. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Wikimedia Commons has media related to Walter Gieseking.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by heart in one day. 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.


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. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. 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.

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. 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. For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of music students by teacher: He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in Hitler is saving our country.

His first London piano recital took place inestablishing an exceptional and lasting reputation.

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His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. 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. Views Read Gifseking View history.


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In Foute,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed. 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 giesking 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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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. It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new giesekiny to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane.