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Count (Carl) Axel Raoul (Georg Henrik) Wachtmeister (av Johanneshus) Swedish pianist and composer
London, 02.04.1865 - Malmö, Sweden, 12.12.1947
Wachtmeister's father was prime- and foreign minister Count Karl Wachtmeister and his mother was the French Marquise Constance Georgina Louise de Bourbel. Young Axel Raoul soon decided for a musical career and was educated first at the Leipzig Conservatory and later at the famous Schola Cantorum in Paris where he studied with the two composers André Gédalge and Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931).
After Paris he settled in Nice for some years, and later stayed in USA at various times, from 1916 in New York. Towards the end of his life he returned to Sweden settling in Tyringe in the central Skåne, about 13 km west of Hässleholm.
Among his compositions are an opera-oratorio Prince Siddharta, four symphonies (one in D minor and one in C minor, some symphonic poems (Quarat-ul-ayani and Le recit de l'horloge), two concertos - one for piano and one for violin. From his output of chamber music the most interesting works are a piano quintet, four string quartets, a piano quartet, a piano trio, some violin sonatas, a Cello sonata (1916) and a Piano trio (1922) and Fantasietta for violin and piano. And then - of course - there are some choral works: Hymne à la lune (hymn to the moon) - for baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra, Sappho for mixed chorus and orchestra - premiered in New York 1917, piano pieces - Prèlude, Aria et Rondeau, Suite Romantique to name but a few. Then there are choruses Kalte Graal for male chorus and orchestra, The Fountain Song for soprano solo, female chorus and orchestra, songs and the ballet The Soul of the Vine.
Glädje (Joy), 2. Sorg (Sorrow), 3. Återuppvaknande
1929 (Wilhelm Hansen)
Photo and information about Wachtmeister supplied by The National Genealogical Society, Stockholm
Richard (Wilhelm) Wagner German composer
Leipzig, 22.05.1813 - Venice, 13.02.1883
Wagner never wrote anything
for the left hand alone - indeed his compositions for the piano are very
rarely heard for two reason: First they form a minor and totally
insignificant part of his oeuvre and second they are not remarkable
as piano music - perhaps only in revealing that Wagner was not much of a pianist himself.
(Themes from Tannhäuser) Arranged by Géza Zichy
(Quintet from the opera Die meistersinger aus Nürnberg) Arranged by Wittgenstein
(Wagner - Liszt: Isoldes Liebestod from the opera Tristan und Isolde) Arranged by Wittgenstein
Rune Wahlberg Swedish composer
Gävle, 15.03.1910 - Vänersborg, 29.01.1999
Wahlberg studied first at
Stockholm from 1928 to 1935 after which he entered the Leipzig
Conservatory from 1936 to 1937. From 1929 he
was primarily known as a concert pianist and from 1935 also as a conductor
in Sweden and Germany. From 1943 to 1951 he was conductor at Stora Teatern
in Gothenburg from 1943 to 1951 and conductor of the Park Orchestra of
Gothenburg from 1947 to 1949 after which he became musical director first at Kramfors
from1953 to 1957, in Hofors from 1957 to 1964, Härnösand from 1964 to
1969 and Hudikswall from 1969 to 1975.
Caprice 1977 (Edition Suecia, Manuskriptserien)
Ernest Walker English composer and pianist
Bombay, 15.07.1870 - Oxford, 21.02.1949
Ernest's father, Edward Walker
was partner in a firm of East India merchants. In 1871 Edward and his
wife Caroline Cooper brought their son back to England where he at
taught by his grandmother and aunt, before entering the Bowdon
and Penalvern School at Anerley, Surrey.
But here concerts were held every Saturday under the direction of the illustrious conductor Sir August Manns, who came from Germany, but after different engagements in Danzig, Königsberg and Cologne, came to London in 1854. It was said that of him that [this] German conductor could make the orchestra express all the modifications of feeling that an imaginative soloist would give voice to on a single instrument. - How very singular!.
Walker then started as a private student of the Austrian born pianist Ernst Pauer who had succeeded Cipriano Potter as teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and A. Richter before being admitted to Balliol College, Oxford. Because of his special gifts the master of the college then, Benjamin Jowett took a special interest in him and placed him in the second class of the honours list in classical moderations (1889) and literae humaniores (1891).
Despite his keen interest in music philosophy was his chief interest and he was deeply influenced by R. L. Nettleship and W. R. Hardie. He became a close friend of the college organist, John Farmer, and he helped Farmer in the Balliol Sunday evening concerts. He proceeded to take the degrees of B.Mus (1893) and D.Mus (1898), and acted as assistant organist at Balliol from 1891 until he after Farmer's death in 1901, succeeded him as organist and director of music. In this capacity he greatly raised the standard of the concerts by bringing artists such as Irish bass-baritone singer Harry Plunket Greene , the tenor Sir James Steuart Wilson (1889-1966), the pianist and Clara Schumann pupil Fanny Davies, and the renowned German violinist Adolf Busch (brother of the conductor Fritz Busch) to Oxford.
In 1913 he resigned the organistship, as the participation in chapel services began to prove inconsistent with his views on religion. Early in life he tended to high-church Anglicanism, but that gave way to agnosticism and ultimately to atheistic rationalism - (a fact described in his article Free thought and the musician for Music and Letters in July 1921.), but he held the directorship until 1925, when he retired in order to devote himself to composition. He was elected an honorary fellow of the Balliol College in 1926.
Walker's part in all the
musical activities of the university was so great that his name became
synonymous with all aspects of Oxford music. He was most active as a
teacher and examiner; and he did much to improve and reform the standard
of the B.Mus and D.Mus degrees.
An accomplished pianist and performer, Walker gave much time to his
beloved German masters giving the English premières of Brahms' op. 117
piano pieces and the rhapsody from op. 119, but he was also well known for
his interest in Hugo Wolf and in the early works of Debussy.
an Original Theme for piano, clarinet and string trio (without op.
Study for the
Left Hand op. 47 1931(Augener)
(Larghetto) op. 61 1935 (Augener)
Naturally there was a good deal of correspondence between Walker and Wittgenstein which is held in Balliol Library's Special Collections department - as are all his papers and manuscripts.
Portrait of Ernest
Walker (1870-1949), by Francis Dodd, RA, 1934. c. Balliol
Used with permission.
Carl Maria (Friedrich Ernst) von Weber German composer, pianist and conductor
Eutin nr. Lübeck, 18.11.1786 - London, 05.06.1826
The families of Weber and
Mozart are closely related since Carl Maria was a cousin of Constanze
Mozart - their fathers being brothers. In older books you may find his
birth date recorded as the 18th December, which is most remarkable -
indeed unique - for that would (according to the books of the Landeskirche
of Eutin) make Weber one rare example of someone, who was baptized a month
before his birth.
Johan (Eduard) Weegenhuise Dutch pianist and composer
Born: Amsterdam, 02.09.1910 and still happily with us.
Weegenhuise got his first
piano lessons from Olivier Koop and from 1923 at the Stedelijke
Muziekschool from Benoit Franssen finally receiving his diploma from
great distinction in 1929.
Suite voor de Linkenhand: 1. Allemande, 2. Sarabande, 3. Gavotte, 4. Gigue (1976) (Donemus)
Photo of Weegenhuise (ca. 1965) Harry van Steenis
James H. Wehli American composer and pianist
Home 1870 (Ditson)
Home 1907 (Presser)
Karl Weigl Austrian-American composer
Vienna, 06.02.1881 - New York, 11.08.1949
Karl Weigl's parents were
well-educated people who came from Temesvar in Hungary and through them he
very early came in contact with music and began to study composition with
a friend of the family, Alexander von Zemlinsky.
In 1903 he took a doctor's degree at the
University about Beethovens contemporary Emanuel Aloys Förster
(1748-1832). From 1904 to 1906 he was solo répétiteur under Mahler
at the Wiener Hofoper and from 1918 he worked as composer
and joined the faculty at
New Vienna Conservatory.
this time he became acquainted with Anton von Webern and Arnold Schönberg
who both belonged to the late romantic expressionist wing of music.
Although their artistic paths parted - with Schönberg seeking new
expressions and compositional methods he kept his respect for his younger colleague
who stuck to his late romantic idiom.
Having now attained Austrian citizenship he
was drafted to the army in 1914, but after the war he was made professor
of theory and composition at the New Vienna Conservatory thus becoming a
person and teacher of the greatest respect and his works were performed by
the greatest artist of the time.
Weigl's first compositions can
be compared with the early works of Schoenberg or Zemlinsky. When
Schoenberg developed his 12-tone music Weigl followed another path: his
personal, highly expressive style is characterized by a chromatically
determined harmony and colourful instrumentation. Major compositions are
the „Phantastic Intermezzo“, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra under Furtwängler, his symphonies, one piano- and a
violin-concerto Today importance is attached to his chamber music
and Lieder. Pablo Casals wrote in 1941: Karl Weigl's music will not be
lost. One will come back to it when the storm will have passed. One will
come back to those who have written real music.
Samuel (Edison) Wellman American pianist, teacher and composer
Born: Anderson, Indiana 15.05.1951
Wellman began playing piano
for his church at 11 years old. His musical education includes Bachelor in
Music Education at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina,
Masters in Music Theory at Florida State and Doctorate in
Composition at Florida State University.
8 Waltzes, op.
"for left hand, or right hand if you
(American Music Center)
A Pekingese Malady (for left hand alone - in memoriam Leopold Godowsky) (MS)
Float (for left hand alone) (MS)
Three hymn tunes arranged for left hand alone: Jesus Loves Me, When Morning Gilds the Skies, and Hallelujah! What a Savior. (MS)
Judy East Wells American composer and teacher
Ms Wells' education included
piano, organ, clarinet, and voice and she has taught music in public
schools and served in churches in Mississippi and Georgia. She is an
independent piano teacher in Evans, Georgia and she earned a Bachelor of
Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where
she was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Sorority and Society of Pi Kappa
Vagabond Clouds (Alfred)
Arthur Henry West
Valse for the Left hand 1901 (Reynolds & Co.)
Composer of educational works and piano duets for elementary pianists.
Nocturne 1954 (Belwin-Mills)
To an Ice Skater (Belwin-Mills)
Kirk Whipple American pianist and composer
Born: Baton Rouge, Louisiana 13.12.1962
Kirk Whipple's principal piano
teacher were Roy Bogas, Frances Kelly, Mark Wetch and Darlene Bradley, and
he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he
studied harmony and composition with W.A. Mathieu and Mary Marks. He also
participated in Master Classes with Bella B. Nagy, Roy Bogas, John Browning, John
Perry, and James Barbagallo.
Rhapsody for the Left Hand
The Rhapsody is being recorded by Antonio Iturrioz
Julian White American pianist and composer
Prelude: On the Beach Looking South
Marie Wieck German
pianist and composer
(17.01.1832 - 02.11.1916)
Marie was younger half sister of Clara Wieck Schumann and - like Clara she got her education from her father Friedrich Wieck.
According to Clara Schumann
when Marie was still promoted as an child prodigy Marie
had everything (their) father's education could offer - but she lacked spirit
. . . and today the public makes quite different demands to what children
are capable of than when I travelled. The things children are capable of is
often eminent but not so with Marie. She plays well but not excellent.
Drei Etüden (vorzugsweise
für die linke Hand allein) (Dresden: Hoffarth)
Midnight - Prelude for the Left hand (American Music Editions)
Earl Wild American pianist and composer
Born: Pittsburgh, 26.11.1915
Wild's extraordinary musical abilities were
displayed at the age of three and at the age of six he could read music
fluently. At eleven he was studying with Selmar Janson and as a specially
artistically gifted youth he was placed
into a programme at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University).
At the age of nineteen he was already a concert hall veteran and had
composed many piano transcriptions.
The Man I
love from Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess
Earl Wild's arrangement is recorded by Lars Boye Jensen, CLASSICO CLASSCD 235
A. H. Wilhelmy
Reverie ca. 1925 (Published by the composer himself, Cologne; Engraved & printed in Germany by Oscar Brandstetter, Leipzig
Source: National Library of Australia
Level one piano tutor course for the left hand
Philip G. Wilkinson
Born London 1929
Hand Right Hand: Movements 1. Polka, 3. Minuet, 5. Bourrée
1966 (Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew)
Heinrich Rudolf Willmers German pianist and composer
Berlin, 31.10.1821 - Vienna, 24.08.1878
He was pupil of F. Hummel and
Schneider and became widely known as a brilliant player - the trill was
his specialty - and composer for
the piano . From 1864 to 1866 he was teacher at the Stern Conservatory n
Berlin after which he settled in Vienna, where he died insane.
But - back to Willmers:
Leidvoll (Joyful and sorrowful) op. 2 nr. 1
c.1848 (Schuberth & Co.)
The poem has been set to
music by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752-1814)
Serenade erotique op 5 (Hofmeister)
August (Henrik) Winding Danish piano virtuoso and composer
Taars, Lolland, 24.03.1835 - Copenhagen, 16.06.1899
Winding got his frist training
from his father who was a vicar and a
enthusiastic music amateur. But having exhausted the abilities there he
went on to become a pupil of Carl
Anton Rée (composition) and his later brother-in-law Niels W. Gade
(theory). Further studies followed in Germany with Alexander Dreyschock
before he finally settled as one of the most popular Danish piano
In his book Dr. Edel says that Winding's melodic gifts are disappointing. Now that IS very sad Mr. Edel - since it's exactly for those he is remembered in Denmark today. His melodies to the hymns: Gud - du som lyset og dagen oplod, Gud Helligånd! o, kom, O du min Immanuel, Den mørke nat forgangen er, and Som hønen klukker mindelig are hymns which are very popular indeed - for their melodic gifts - and sung in the Danish churces - sunday after sunday - with as much enthusiasm as you can expect from a congregation that has forgotten how to sing. And if you listen to Windings piano concerto in A minor (Danacord) any lack of melodic gifts is certainly not what comes to your mind at first.
Trois Morceaux op. 27: 1. Capriccio, 2. Canzonetta, 3. Finale c.1888 (Wilhelm Hansen)
Paul (Carl Herrmann) Wittgenstein Austrian-American pianist
Vienna, 05.11.1887 - New York, 03.03.1961
An short biography of Wittgenstein's life will appear later. This entry deals only with his arrangements for the left hand as collected in his three-volume School for the Left Hand.
Volume 2 has 13 of Wittgenstein's own arrangements.
Violin sonata in F minor, 3rd. movement
Volume 3 is a collection of Wittgenstein's own arrangements and with Brahms' Bach-arrangement.
nr. 1 in C major from the first book of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
Bernhard Wolff German pianist, teacher and composer
Rakowetz, Prussia, 23.04.1835 - Berlin, 11.03.1906
Wolff was pupil of Hans von
Bülow and taught at the Konservatorium des Westens in Berlin and
composed many pieces of instructive character, including Sonatines opp. 195,
196 and 198, Jugendleben, Kinderleben, Elementary Etudes,
a simplified edition of Pischna's 60 Exercices and The Little
Pischna (48) studies.
4 Etudes op. 257 nr. 1 1905 (A. P. Schmidt)
Mary (or Marie) Wurm English pianist
Southampton, 18.05.1860 - Munich, 21.01.1938
was born of German parents and studied at the Stuttgart Conservatory
becomming a pupil of Franklin Taylor, Clara Schumann and Joachim Raff (who
in opposition to Clara tried to encourage female composers! See le
Beau). Later (in 1884) she studied in England with Sir Arthur Sullivan,
Sir Charles Stanford and Frank Bridge winning the Mendelssohn Prize.
Later (1898) she founded An All-women's Orchestra (with debut in
Berlin 10.10.1899) which she conducted on tours from c.1900 and of
course - as a pianist - she championed Schumann's piano concerto on her many tours of Germany
Forty Daily Exercises (1911) (R. Forberg)
(1911) (R. Forberg)
Etude op. 42 nr. 1 (c.1906) (Steingräber)
Lied ohne Worte op. 51 nr. 2 (1911) (R. Forberg)
Idylle op. 51 nr. 3 (1911) (R. Forberg)
(Little Trolling Song) op. 51 nr. 4
(1911) (R. Forberg)
Lucien Wurmser French pianist, conductor and composer
Paris, 23.05.1877 - 1967
Wurmser was educated at the Paris
Conservatoire and toured extensively as a pianist and conductor (f.ex.
Pavlova in Australia,1926). He founded and lead for a number of years the
Paris Philharmonic Orchestra. He recorded many 78rpms, lent his name to
a competition for young talented musicians and played duets with Raoul Pugno
- mind you - on two pianos - considering Pugno's size.
Les Gradus Moderne: Volume 2 Main Gauche Seule (Editions Max Escpit / Associated)
Ruth Shaw Wylie American flute player and composer
Cincinnati, 1916 - 1989
Wylie was educated
at the Eastman School of Music. She composed her first piece Suite
for Orchestra in 1940 and during the subsequent years she reached a
number of 50 works including ballet, chamber music, piano pieces, choral
works and orchestral music.
Soliloquy op. 23 1966 (Harold Branch Publications)
Aaron I. Cohen. International Encyclopedia of Women Composer. 2nd ed. rev.
and enlarged. 1987.