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ISIDOR PHILIPP - PIANIST

The legendary pianist writes the introduction to the Guatemalan born, French pianist and composer, Alfredo Wyld’s Etudes.    We offer with an original 8” x 10” portrait photograph of Philipp from 1934 announcing his American debut.

Introduction

The working of double notes is particularly useful and foremost seems so interesting for the specific difficulty of the pianists’ technique and should be welcomed with kindness.  The studies of Mr. Wyld’s double notes are interesting and useful and will definitely have the success they deserve.  I will gladly point it out to the professors and students.

I Philipp

Professor at the National Conservatory

Wyld (1883-1947) was a Guatemalan pianist and composer who was raised and trained in Guatemala.  Went to San Francisco to study with Spanish pianist Santiago Arrigala and composition with Oscar Weil.  He came to France in 1913 and settled in Paris, dedicating his first works, these Etudes to his friend Camille Saint-Saëns. That said, he consulted extensively with Philipp in their creation. Later he was brought to Bordeaux by Gabriel Fauré for a concert of his own works, which was a critical success.  The success sent him various directions, from orchestral works, to a collaboration with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russe.

 

Philipp (1863-1958) was a pupil of  George Mathias, Stephen Heller, Henri Fissot, Camille Saint-Saëns and Théodore Ritter.  After winning first prize in Mathias’s class at the Conservatoire, he embarked on a solo career for 20 years, where he also formed a piano trio which bore his name.  In 1903, he was appointed professor of advanced piano at the Conservatoire, a position he held until his retirement in 1934.  The longest tenure held for that position at the time.  Philipp also taught at the American School at Fontainebleau during the Summers.

 

Philipp taught a number of the greats and near greats of the 20th Century, including in alphabetical order; Dwight Anderson, Grace Barnes, Jacqueline Blancard, Emma Boynet, Harold Bradley, Monique de la Bruchollerie, Serge Conus, Aaron Copland, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Pierre Dervaux, AniaDorfmann, Maurice Dumesnil, Rolande Falcinelli, Felix Fox, Jean Françaix, Madeleine Grovlez-Fourgeaud, Youra Guller, Marcelle Herrenschmidt, Renea Kyriakou, Fernando Laires, Yvonne Loriod, Paul Loyonnet, Nikita Magaloff, Denise Molié, Federico Mompou, Genia Nenenoff, Guiomar Novaes, Wilfrid Pelletier, Ida Perrin, Harrison Potter, Albert Schweitzer, Phyllis Sellick, Soulima Stravinsky, Louise Talma, Alexander Tcherepnin, Germaine Thyssens-Valentin, Edmond Trillat, Beveridge, Madeleine de Valmalète, Webster, and Victor Youngwell.

 

Philipp was known for his precision and exactitude and expected nothing less from his pupils.  He wrote a number of exercises, based upon the lessons of Mathias and also composed a number of lovely pieces for the piano.  As he had Jewish ancestry, Philipp left France for America in 1940, where he taught and lectured until after the War.  At the age of 91, he became the first nonagenarian to play at Carnegie Hall.  Precious few recordings exist of this major figure in the World of the piano.