Friedrich Gulda 16 May — 27 January was an Austrian pianist and composer who worked in both the classical and jazz fields. Born in Vienna the son of a teacher, Gulda began learning to play the piano from Felix Pazofsky at the Wiener Volkskonservatorium , aged 7. During World War II as teenagers, Gulda and his friend Joe Zawinul would go out and perform forbidden musics — like jazz, in violation of the government's prohibition on the playing of such music. Gulda won first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in Initially, the jury preferred the Belgian pianist Lode Backx, but when the final vote was taken, Gulda was the winner. One of the jurors, Eileen Joyce , who favoured Backx, stormed out and claimed the other jurors were unfairly influenced by Gulda's supporters.
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His music adds a new sound to the concert music world. His fantastic Variations on 'Light my Fire' is a landmark composition that rivals the greatest variation sets with its combination of not only the classical and jazz worlds, but rock and roll as well.
I gravitated to Gulda's music because it is electrifying, modern, and yet beautiful and accessible. Grand Piano has gained a reputation for producing high quality recordings of rare keyboard gems. Dedicated to the exploration of undiscovered piano repertoire, the label specialises in complete cycles of piano works by many lesser-known composers, whose output might otherwise have remained unknown and unrecorded.
A treasure island of piano music — Spiegel Online. The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. About this Release Catalogue No. Release Date: April Barcode: Composer s : Friedrich Gulda. Artist s : Martin David Jones. Your browser does not support the audio element. Variations on Light My Fire Play Piano Play, "10 Pieces for Yuko" Moderato Alla marcia, risoluto Andante serioso Allegro ma non troppo Moderato, poco mosso Presto possibile Lento, molto tranquillo e piano Tempo giusto e risoluto Allegro, dolce Allegro pesante Prelude and Fugue Sonatine Shuffle Total Time: The Artist s Martin David Jones enjoys a multifaceted career as an award-winning classical and jazz pianist, composer, and conductor.
After making his debut at the age of fourteen, Gulda went on to win the Geneva Piano Competition in , subsequently touring Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Gulda rapidly gained an international reputation and gave his Carnegie Hall debut in His repertoire at this time concentrated on Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert; he gave complete cycles of the Beethoven sonatas, and played chamber music. During the s he made a series of recordings for Decca, but in his career took a very different turn.
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