The last of an exceptional generation of piano innovators, Adolf von Henselt was born in Schwabach, Bavaria, in 1814. His music is not only exceptionally difficult, but also possesses a poetic beauty. Henselt is sometimes and somewhat unfortunately called the German Chopin or the Chopin of the North, but in fact he has a style of his own. Among his masterpieces are the extraordinary Variations op. 1, made famous by Clara Schumann-Wieck, and the magnificent Ballade op. 31.
Henry Litolff has led an exceptional life, in which he was persecuted for abduction, wandered through Europe in poverty, was one of the most celebrated pianists of a city that was more or less populated by pianists, until he failed as an opera composer and died in total oblivion. Besides four serious piano concertos, Litolff has become known mainly for salon music, which, contrary to the genre, is averse to sentimentality, but excels in a cheerful hyper-virtuosity.
Clara Schumann-Wieck, also known as Clara Schumann or Clara Wieck, was the greatest child prodigy of the 19th century. At the age of 11, she published her opus 1, four polonaises. Only one year later she published her first mature compositions, the Caprices op. 2. Clara was also one of the greatest virtuosos of her time. She premiered the extremely difficult piano concerto by her friend Adolf von Henselt. As a pianist, she was the inventor of the modern piano recital.
A pupil of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, Carl Czerny is known for his piano studies, but as one of the most prolific composers of all time, he left an exceptional oeuvre. He wrote, among others, 11 piano sonatas, 20 masses, 4 requiems, 6 symphonies, between 20 and 40 string quartets, other chamber music, but also performance pieces for students and for himself.
Some composers are known for their authentic voice. Edward Wolff is not. Wolff is a composer who stands in the shadow of Frédéric Chopin, his friend, fellow countryman and example. But that is no disgrace. Wolff's compositions may not be original, but they are extraordinarily beautiful, and often with great bravura. His magnum opus is the Grand Allegro de Concert of more than 60 pages, with which he magisterially first honours his friend.
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