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GEORGES CZIFFRA - PIANIST

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Autographed note signed to his friend Sautré on a Cziffra Foundation bi-fold card of the Liszt Auditorium of the Chapelle Royale in Senlis, France, December, 1977.  He sends his New Years greetings.  We also include an unsigned bi-fold program from his concert at the, Théâtre Municipal, Grenoble, March 26, 1960. The concert is not in his public chronology and therefore was lost to time until now. We further include an unpublished original 7” x 9” photograph of the pianist at an autograph signing of his records after the concert at the same theatre in Grenoble, March 10, 1960.  The program is printed on heavy stock and contains his HMV discography at the time.

 

Cziffra writes:

Thank you very much for your wishes, and my best Sautré, (    ) for year 1978.

Affectionately

Your

Georges Cziffra

 

Cziffra played works by C. P. E. Bach, Scarlatti, Lully, Couperin, Hummel, Beethoven, Schumann in the first part of the recital, followed by an all-Liszt second part.

 

In 1977, Cziffra (1921-1994) was a busy man, he released his autobiography “Des Canons et des Fleurs” and then spent much of the year with the renovation of the Chapelle Royale St. Frambourg in Senlis.  Cziffra was awarded the chapel by the French government in 1974 in exchange for renovating the building.  He conceived of it as a performance space for his Cziffra Foundation he founded in 1973.  The church originally planned in 990 by Adelaide, the wife of Hugh Capet, King of the Franks dates to 1000 AD.  The landmark had had various functions after it’s disuse as a religious building during the French Revolution.  Its’ most recent iteration prior to Cziffra was as an autobody shop.  (Despite its’ landmark status.)  The renovations were completed in 1977 and specially commissioned stain glass windows by artist Joan Miro were installed. The chapel itself was inaugurated on September 24, 1977, the pianist named the former sanctuary, now auditorium, Liszt Hall.  The outside of the card shows the top of the Gothic sanctuary as he found it with a failing ceiling and an industrial light which was replaced with chandeliers still apparent in the image. 

 

The bi-fold March 26, 1960 program offered in this grouping of Cziffriana is from a recital given by the pianist in the city of Grenoble in Alps region in Western France.  As Cziffra arrived in France in 1956, it is an early program and not listed in his on-line chronology.  We have a collection of photographs from a record signing he did after a concert the following year on March 10, 1961.  The original photograph offered is from that collection taken by the owner of the program and unpublished.  It appears the signing was done in a restaurant and here we see Cziffra taking a smoke break.  His protective leather band he used to protect from tendonitis is still on his right  wrist.

 

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