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ALFRED GRUNFELD (1852-1924)
Austrian pianist



Alfred Grunfeld studied at the Prague Conservatory and subsequently in Berlin under Theodor Kullak.  A resident of Vienna from 1873, he concertized all over Europe and the United States. He was appointed court pianist to Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany, honored by Czar Alexander III, and became a professor at the Vienna Conservatory in 1897.

He was an important figure in the musical world, knew Brahms, J Strauss II, and Leschetizky.  He championed the works of Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, and often performed new works by living composers including such as Grieg and Korngold.  And he was the first of the great pianists of note to make commercial recordings. Korngold's Op 3 heard below was the first commercial recording of any work by that young genius. 

His playing was praised by Hans von Bulow and the incredibly difficult to please critic, Eduard Hanslick.

Alfred Grunfeld was also a prolific composer and some of his own compositions and arrangements can be heard below.  And do not fail to listen to thetwo recordings of the "Liebestod" which are lessons in the pianistic style of the end of the 19th century.



Grünfeld  Etude a la Tarantella

recorded in 1905




Grünfeld  Hungarische Fantasie, Op 55

recorded in 1905




Grünfeld  "Dinner Waltz"
from his operetta "Der Lebemann"

1905 piano roll




Schubert-Grünfeld  "Wohin?" & "Die Forelle"

recorded in 1905




Strauss-Grünfeld  "Klopfpolka"
from the operetta "Der Zigeunerbaron"

recorded in 1912




J Strauss-Grünfeld  "Soirée de Vienne"

recorded in 1913




J Strauss-Grünfeld "Frühlingsstimmen" Waltz, Op 410

recorded in 1905
(followed at 03:59 by a c1950 recording by Grigory Ginzburg)




Bach  Gavotte in D minor from English Suite 6

recorded in 1908




Schubert-Fischoff  Ballet music from "Rosamunde"

recorded in 1905




Schubert  Moment Musical 4

recorded in 1911




Chopin  Nocturne 10 in A major, Op 32~2
Schubert  Impromptu in E♭ major, Op 90~2




Chopin  Nocturne 13 in C minor, Op 48~1

Welte piano roll




Chopin  Mazurka in B minor, Op 33~4

recorded in 1905




Chopin  Mazurka in A minor, Op 67~4

recorded in 1905




Chopin  Waltz 3 in A minor, Op 34~2

recorded in 1907




Chopin  Waltz 7 in C minor, Op 64~2

recorded in 1907




Chopin  Waltz 14 in E minor, Op posth

recorded in 1912




Schumann  "Träumerei", Op 15~7

recorded in 1913




Wagner-Brassin  "Magic Fire Spell" from Die Walküre

recorded in 1913




Wagner-Liszt  "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde

recorded in 1909



Hupfeld piano roll c 1910




Brahms  from Waltzes, Op 39
1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 15

recorded in 1910




Brahms  Capriccio in B minor, Op 76~2

recorded in 1908




Grieg  "Papillon" from Lyric Pieces, Op 43~1

recorded in 1899




Debussy  "Golliwog's Cakewalk" from the Childrens' Corner suite

recorded in 1914




Korngold  "Wichtelmannchen", Op 3

recorded in 1914










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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