EMIL von SAUER the COMPOSER
Beautifully charming, if somewhat anachronistic music




The music of Emil von Sauer the Composer is full of charm, grace, and beauty, It is, unfortunately, not of the first rank, and was written at a time when the last of the great Romantics and the first of the great moderns were composing their immortal works for the piano. Von Sauer's own efforts have faded into what is probably a well deserved obscurity, resurrected from time to time with enthusiastic interest only to fade again. I am not familiar with the piano sonatas. But in spite of my desire to love these works because of my love for von Sauer's greatness as a pianist, the concerti are not really worthy of an active place in the repertoire.

Some of the recorded works below are performed by the composer, himself. Some are performed by other great pianists.




Études de Concert


3 "Windesflustern"
Maria Ginsburg, piano
1905 piano roll






5 "Am Bache"
Maria Ginsburg, piano
1905 piano roll






6 "Espenlaub"
Emil von Sauer, piano
recorded in 1940






6 "Espenlaub" and 7 "Meeresleuchten"
recorded in 1930 and 1925






23 Toccata in C minor
Oleg Marshev, piano






26 "Preghiera" in B♭ major
Oleg Marshev, piano







Galop de Concert
Emil von Sauer, piano


Hupfeld piano roll






recorded ca 1930







Polka de Concert
Oleg Marshev, piano







"Boîte à musique" in E♭ major


Emil von Sauer, piano
recorded in the 1940s






Sári Bíró, piano
recorded live in 1944







Piano Concerto 2 in C minor
Oleg Marshev, piano
James Loughran conducting the Århus Symphony Orchestra


i Moderato lamentoso






ii Vivacissimo






iii Adagio






iv Allegro deciso, assai moderato















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and the audiobook version



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