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MORIZ ROSENTHAL  – PIANIST

Autographed 8” x 10” heliogravure of the Polish born, later American piano virtuoso, c. 1895.

Rosenthal (1862-1946) known as “The Little Titan” was a pupil of Mikuli and Joseffy and was with Liszt in Rome and then Weimar from 1876 to 1878 and often went back to visit Liszt until his death in 1886.  Considered one of the most elegant pianists of his day, his career began with his first public performance at the age of 10.  (He played the Chopin Rondo in C for two pianos with Mikuli, Chopin’s pupil.)  As opposed to most of Liszt’s other pupils, Rosenthal’s career was largely built around the piano works of Frederic Chopin, though he would also play from a regular diet of: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Poldini, Rubinstein, Saint-Saëns, Scarlatti, Schumann, Schubert and to a lesser extend composers like: Debussy, Mendelssohn and Weber along with a few others. He even played the Stravinsky etudes. The pianist took the years 1880 to 1884 away from public performance to study philosophy at the University of Vienna.  More than just a performing pianist, Rosenthal was also a chess master and even an athlete, who would exercise regularly in the gym.  He restarted his career in 1884 and was in demand throughout Europe.  In 1888 he made his first of twelve tours of the United States.  He made his long expected British debut in 1895 where he played the Liszt piano concerto No. 1 to rapturous applause and rave reviews. While most of his fellow Liszt pupils relied on both recitals and performances with orchestra for their careers, Rosenthal preferred to concertize in recital and made few appearances with orchestra during his career.  He remained in the United States as of 1926 teaching at Curtis in Philadelphia until 1928.  After that he lived in New York City, eventually opening his own piano school in 1939.  Rosenthal did not make recordings until late in life, the first in 1928 and the last in 1942.  His most important pupils included: Webster Aitken, Jorge Bolet, Robert Goldsand, his wife Hedwig Kanner, Poldi Mildner and Charles Rosen.

Unusual format and perfect for display.