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Moritz Moszkowski

Moritz Moszkowski

(1854 - 1925)

Moritz Moszkowski (August 23, 1854 - March 4, 1925) was born in Breslau, Prussia (what is now Wroclaw, Poland) into a Jewish family of German descent. He studied with the outstanding piano teacher Theodor Kullak, and was instructed in composition by Friedrich Kiel. He was active in Berlin for many years, became very friendly with Xaver and Philipp Scharwenka, and played four-hand pieces with Franz Liszt. Moszkowski's also became a prominent pedagogue whose pupils included Vlado Perlemuter, Josef Hofmann, Wanda Landowska, Thomas Beecham, Joaquín Nin, Frank Damrosch, Ernest Schelling, and Joaquín Turina. He had a successful career as a composer, teacher, concert pianist and conductor, though his health deteriorated in the 1890s and he became reclusive.

Moszkowski music is brilliant, and often showy, as much of it was composed to demonstrate his pianistic abilities. He wrote over two hundred small-scale piano pieces, including his world-famous Serenade (Sérénata), Op. 15. His large-scale works include a symphony subtitled Jeanne d'Arc, Op. 19 (1876), the Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 30 (1883), three orchestral suites (Opp. 39, 47 & 79), and perhaps his best-known orchestral work the Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59 (1898).

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