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BEDRICH ANTONIN WIEDERMANN - ORGANIST

Autographed and inscribed 6.5” x 10” presentation photograph of the Czech virtuoso organist, composer and pedagogue with a two bar musical quotation of a hymn, “Qui a hodie” for two voices, October 27, 1932.

Wiedermann (1883-1951) was initially bound for the seminary in Olomouc.  After a chance meeting with the organist Josef Klicka, her enrolled in his class at the Prague Conservatory studied composition with Viteslav Novak.  After his Conservatory graduation, he played the organ in churches in Brno from 1910-11 and then in Prague, the Emauzy Monastery from 1911-1917, then in St. Cyril and St. Method. He also had another talent, he played the viola and played in that section of the Czech Philharmonic for three years.  In 1917 he was hired as a substitute professor in the organ department of the Prague Conservatory and by 1919 he was a full professor.  In 1920 he was appointed “Master of Organ”, the head of the department.  He also taught master classes from 1944-1946.  His pupils included the best of the next generation of Czech organists including, Josef Cernoky, Bedrich Janacek, Jand Bedrich Krajs, Jiri Reinberger and Jiri Ropek.  During his lifetime he composed some 350 works for organ solo, songs, choruses, solo violin and more.  As a performer he toured often, Great Britain and New York City in 1924, Germany in 1925, Sweden in 1926 and Belgium in 1935.  The organist was at home in Czech, French and German works. 

A rare and important organist autograph

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