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WILLIAM AIDE
Canadian pianist (b 1938)



William Aide received his training in Toronto with Alberto Guerrero, and at the Juilliard School and with Beveridge Webster in New York. He was the first prize winner at several important Canadian piano competitions. In addition to his work as a piano soloist, he was the recital partner of Rivka Golani, Lois Marshall and Elizabeth Söderström, among others. The great Glenn Gould praised the "structural clarity and integrity which has long been a hallmark of his playing . . ."

Based on my hearing of the complete Chopin Études performed below by William Aide, this pianist is truly exceptional. Gould's above referenced statement about his playing is spot on. There is indeed a clarity, and a delicious elasticity, to his performances. And while it may not be idiomatically Polish in style, it is very beautiful and unquestionably valid.

William Aide is a marvelous accompanist. Several extended examples of his art follow in the form of three song cycles by Schumann, and if you take special care in listening to the piano part you will hear a true collaboration rather than an accompaniment.

William Aide also taught, as most musicians do. Included - those of you who play and teach might find this particularly interesting - are four videos of his university class in the teaching of performance of Mozart and Bach.



Chopin  Études

Op 10
1 in C major
01:59  2 in A minor
03:26  3 in E major
08:21  4 in C
 minor
10:31  5 in G
♭ major
12:17  6 in E
♭ minor
16:05  7 in C major
17:47  8 in F major

20:02  9 F minor
22:18  10 in 
A♭ major
24:31  11 in 
E♭ major
27:00  12 in C minor

Op 25
29:58  1 in A♭ major
32:34  2 in F minor
34:28  3 in F major
36:36  4 in A minor
38:24  5 in E minor
41:58  6 in G
 minor
44:05  7 in 
C minor
49:58  8 in D
♭ major
51:14  9 in G♭ major
52:20  10 in B minor
56:50  11 in A minor
1:00:34
  12 in C minor




Schumann  Liederkreis, Op 39
with Lois Marshall, soprano

I In der Fremde
II Intermezzo 
III Waldesgespräch
IV Die Stille
V Mondnacht
VI Schöne Fremde
VII Auf einer Burg
VIII In der Fremde
IX Wehmut
X Zwielicht im Walde
XI Im Walde
XII Frühlingsnacht

recorded in 1978




Schumenn  Frauenliebe und leben, Op 42
with Lois Marshall, soprano

I Seit ich ihn gesehen
02:22  II Er, der Herrlichste von allen
05:21  III Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
07:09  IV Du Ring an meinem Finger
09:47  V Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
11:45  VI Süßer Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an
16:07  VII An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
17:32  VIII Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan

recorded live in 1978




Schumann  Dichterliebe, Op 48
with Lois Marshall, soprano

1 Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
2 Aus meinem Tränen spriessen
3 Die Rose, die Lilie
4 Wenn ich in deinen Augen seh'!
5 Ich will meine Seele tauchen
6 Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
7 Ich grolle nicht
8 Und wüssten's die Blumen
9 Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
10 Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
11 Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
12 Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
13 Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
14 Allnächtlich im Traume
15 Aus alten Märchen winkt es
16 Die alten, bösen Lieder




Teaching Mozart and Bach


part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4









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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