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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. 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.

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Walter Gieseking

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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.

It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane. 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.

There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U. 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. This article has multiple issues.


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Walter Gieseking – Wikipedia

His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. 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. 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.

November Learn how and when to remove this template message. His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated.

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Sonatine for Flute and Piano (Gieseking, Walter)

He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in Views Read Edit View history. 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.


From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano. He giesekig 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. This article needs additional citations for verification. He was criticized for this by pianists Vladimir Horowitzwho, in the book Evenings with Horowitzcalls Gieseking a “supporter of the Nazi,” and giesekinh Arthur Rubinstein who recounted in his book My Many Years a conversation with Gieseking in which alleges he said “I am a committed Nazi.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of music students by teacher: In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Sometimes, according to Harold C.

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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. Born in LyonFrance, the son of a German doctor and lepidopteristGieseking first started playing the piano at the age of gieesking, but without formal instruction.

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