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PAUL PABST
Prussian pianist (1854 - 1897)



Paul Pabst studied in Köenigsberg with his father, August Pabst, with Anton Door in Vienna, and with Franz Lizst in Weimar. He is known primarily as the teacher of Nikolai Medtner, Alexander Goldenweiser and Konstantin Igumnov.  And as a close friend and associate of Tchaikovsky who declared him to be "a pianist of divine elegance" and "a pianist from God".

There are very few examples of his playng  The following performances by Pabst himself were recorded onto an Edison phonograph cylinder in 1895. While they give an idea of his playing style, the sound quality can be very poor. Included is a recording of the second Arensky Suite for two pianos with Sergei Taneyev.  I feel obliged to say that his performance of the "minute Waltz" is an unmusical horror.

I include a number of Paul Pabst's own works and transcriptions for piano of music by others.  His transcriptions for solo piano were very highly regarded.



Chopin  Nocturne in E major, Op 62~2 (incomplete)




Chopin  Waltz 6 in D major, Op 64~1
Schumann  "Chopin" & "Estrella" from Carnaval, Op 9




Schumann  "Chopin" & "Estrella" from Carnaval, Op 9




Tchaikovsky-Pabst  Paraphrase on "Sleeping Beauty" Op 66




Arensky  Suite 2 for Two Pianos, Op 23 "Silhouettes"
with Sergei Taneyev, piano

recorded in 1892


i Le Savant



iii Polichinelle




Pabst  Piano Concerto in E major, Op 82 (1882)

i Allegro maestoso
12:28ii Andante cantabile
21:29iii Allegro assai

Vladimir Ziva conducting the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra





Tchaikovsky-Pabst  Cradle Song or Lullaby, Op 16~1
from Six Romances for high voice with piano accompaniment
Konstantin Igumnov, piano

recorded live in 1947




Tchaikovsky-Pabst  Paraphrase on the Opera Eugene Onegin Op 81a
Grigory Ginzburg, piano

recorded in 1948




Tchaikovsky-Pabst  Fantasie on the  opera "Mazeppa"
Oleg Marshev, piano










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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