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ALFRED BRENDEL – PIANIST

Autographed 5.5” x 8” photograph of the Austrian concert pianist, poet, author, lecturer and teacher.

Brendel (1931-    ) was born in the Czechoslovakia and spent his formative years in Croatia (then Yugoslavia) and then Austria.  From a non-musical family, he essentially is self taught, though he did spend time at the Graz Conservatory with Ludovica v. Kaan, a pupil of Stavenhagen, which makes him a musical great-grandson of Liszt.  A traditionalist and very Catholic in his performances, Brendel strived to showcase the composer, rather than putting himself into the performance.  Steeped in the German classical and romantic composers, particularly Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert; Brendel often branched out into unusual works for one so steeped in the German romantic repertory; Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition,   Schoenberg’s piano concerto, Prokofiev’s 5th piano concerto, but also works and edited Bach works by Ferruccio Busoni and the later works of Franz Liszt were in his repertory at one time, or another.  He retired in 2008 and writes poetry and books and is on the lecture circuit.  He has a small coterie of pupils including, Kit Armstrong, Imogen Cooper, Til Fellner and Paul Lewis.  He also teaches master classes.

I am sure by choice, autographed photographs of Brendel at the piano have always been tough to come by.  Typically they are bust portraits, so this image is unusual.