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Walter Gieseking

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. 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. Please help improve it or discuss these issues fluts the talk page.

Sometimes, according to Harold C. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In December,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed.

A few of them have recently been recorded on CD.

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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. There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. 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.


Wikiquote has quotations related to: 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. His first London piano recital took place inestablishing an exceptional and lasting reputation. This article needs additional citations for verification.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Retrieved from ” https: It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane.

He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U.

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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. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.


His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. Hitler is saving our country.

Sonatine for Flute and Piano (Gieseking, Walter)

He continued to play in many other countries, and in he finally returned to the United States. Today, though, he is particularly remembered for his recordings of the complete piano works gieseknig 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 to earlyhe fluge at the Hanover Conservatory. Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by heart in one day. 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 last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated.