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WILHELM KEMPFF - PIANIST

Autographed 6.5” x 9” biography program page excerpt for a concert in France 1955, or after.  Kempff is shown at the keyboard.

The page contains a short biography to that point on the recto and verso, ending with an award he received in 1955.

German pianist Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991) left one of the largest recorded legacies by a pianist on Deutsche Grammophon.  Originally trained as a church organist by his father, Kempff studied piano with Karl Barth a two time Liszt grandchild having studied with both von Bülow and Taussig.  He made his public debut in 1917 and from there, the world was his oyster.  Kempff was a pianists’ pianist earning praise from two composer originalists, Arthur Schnabel and later on Alfred Brendel.  Interestingly, Kempff was also a businessman; when making a recording with DG, he inserted his own cadenza.  When the first royalty checks came in, he questioned why it was not more, as he should have also been paid a composers’ royalty as well.  Needless to say, he was paid the royalty throughout the rest of his life and DG never allowed the same mistake again!

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