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BRANKA MUSULIN
Croatian-German pianist (1917 - 1975)



Branka Musulin plays beautifully and gently in a way that encourages me to remember the original loveliness I encountered in the music she plays, a loveliness so often lost in the battle between piano and orchestra. Unfortunately, I have no examples of her playing music for solo piano, but in addition to the two Chopin concerti, we have the Ravel G major and the final movement of the Beethoven fourth concerto, more than enough to make me want to hear much more of this pianist who died relatively quite young.

After studies at the conservatory, Branka Musulin went to Paris to study with Alfred Cortot and Yvonne Lefébure, then for further study with Max von Pauer in Germany and Alfredo Casella in Rome. From 1958, she taught at the conservatory in Frankfurt.



Beethoven  Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op 58
Karl Böhm conducting the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

iii Rondo - Vivace




Chopin  Piano Concerto 1 in E minor, Op 11
Hans Müller-Kray conducting the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

i Allegro Maestoso
16:23  ii Romanze - Larghetto
22:47  iii Rondo - Vivace

recorded in the 1950s




Chopin  Piano Concerto 2 in F minor, Op 21
Hans Müller-Kray conducting the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

recorded in the 1950s


i Maestoso



ii Larghetto



iii Allegro vivace




Ravel  Piano Concerto in G major
Wilhelm Schüchter conducting the Berlín Symphony Orchestra

recorded in the 1960s










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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