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 Alfred Grünfeld

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Alfred Grünfeld Famous memorial

Original Name
Grünfeld
Birth
Prague, Okres Praha, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Death
4 Jan 1924 (aged 71)
Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Burial
Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Plot
Group 32C, No. 2
Memorial ID
41154670 View Source

Pianist, Composer. He was the first important keyboard artist to leave an extensive body of recordings. Grünfeld was born in Prague, and studied at the Conservatory there and at the Kullak Academy in Berlin. In 1873 he moved to Vienna, making that city his base for extensive tours of Europe, Russia, and the United States. From 1905 to 1918 he was Imperial Court Pianist to Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, and professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatory from 1897 until his death. His students included Rudolf Serkin. Grünfeld was perhaps the most popular Viennese pianist of his time. He typically featured salon pieces in his programs and his own compositions were on the light side (dances and transcriptions, as well as two operettas). For this he was denigrated by more serious-minded critics and colleagues. Claudio Arrau once described his overall technique as "cute", but the recordings tell a different story. Between 1899 and 1914 Grünfeld cut over 100 discs and piano rolls for the Deutsche Grammophon and Welte Mignon labels, and while not all survive, they show him to have been a pianist of great intelligence and taste with both the classic (Bach, Chopin) and then-modern repertoire (Grieg, Debussy). Selections are available on CD.

Pianist, Composer. He was the first important keyboard artist to leave an extensive body of recordings. Grünfeld was born in Prague, and studied at the Conservatory there and at the Kullak Academy in Berlin. In 1873 he moved to Vienna, making that city his base for extensive tours of Europe, Russia, and the United States. From 1905 to 1918 he was Imperial Court Pianist to Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, and professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatory from 1897 until his death. His students included Rudolf Serkin. Grünfeld was perhaps the most popular Viennese pianist of his time. He typically featured salon pieces in his programs and his own compositions were on the light side (dances and transcriptions, as well as two operettas). For this he was denigrated by more serious-minded critics and colleagues. Claudio Arrau once described his overall technique as "cute", but the recordings tell a different story. Between 1899 and 1914 Grünfeld cut over 100 discs and piano rolls for the Deutsche Grammophon and Welte Mignon labels, and while not all survive, they show him to have been a pianist of great intelligence and taste with both the classic (Bach, Chopin) and then-modern repertoire (Grieg, Debussy). Selections are available on CD.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 25 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 41154670
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/41154670/alfred-gr%C3%BCnfeld: accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Grünfeld (4 Jul 1852–4 Jan 1924), Find a Grave Memorial ID 41154670, citing Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria; Maintained by Find a Grave .