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ARTHUR DE GREEF - PIANIST

Jumbo autographed 12” x 16” original autographed and inscribed photograph of the Belgian pianist, with a musical quotation.

Arthur De Greef (1862-1940) was one of the finest concert pianists of his generation, that said, he was somewhat of an enigma.  The pianist was a pupil of Emile Matthieu in his home town of Leuven and then recommended to the Moscheles trained Louis Brassin(e) at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels from age 11.  He graduated in 1881 with a first prize and then allegedly studied with Liszt for two years.  Now here is the rub, he does not appear in any photographs of Liszt and his pupils of the time and later, he did not appear in any of the “Liszt Alumni” photographs.  It is known that Liszt did hear him play in concert and well complimented his technique after the concert.  We also have the issue that he well proclaimed as fact that he was a pupil of Liszt and other Liszt pupils never corrected the claim in the press, or in autobiographies.  It is also well recorded that he travelled Italy with Brahms, though it would appear as friends and not necessarily musical confreres.  So his study with Liszt is suspect and not proven. All of this said, he did work with Saint-Saëns, who was a big supporter and Edvard Grieg who proclaimed him the finest pianist of his works.  George Bernard Shaw as a critic in London raved about his pianistic elegance.  De Greef played a number of times under the baton of Grieg and interestingly played at the Proms concerts 34 times, 11 of which were the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, which the public loved and he was compared to Anton Rubinstein.

De Greef himself was an excellent teacher, a long time professor at the Royal Belgian Conservatory, American conductor Henry Hadley was a pupil and his successor at the Conservatory Marcel Maas was also a pupil. 

His recordings are well known and prized for their technique and unique musicality, including a complete Grieg Concerto.

This piece which is rather large in size is certainly not a perfect piece, there is ink fading from sun exposure and a few punctures from wall mounting, but impressive none-the-less and priced accordingly.

 

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