Mieczyslaw Munz was an extraordinary pianist in the golden age of pianists. He had been a pupil of Busoni, and in turn taught many. Among his well known students were Emanuel Ax, Walter Hautzig, and Ann Schein.
He was of the school of pianists, common during his formative years, who were not shy about inserting their own personalities into their performances. As a result, his interpretations ranged from the brilliant to the nearly bizarre. This doubtless accounts for the fact that his star was eventually outshone by the likes of Artur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz though his technical capabilities was certainly equal to theirs.
But judging from his performances of the Chopin preludes which begin the handful of examples of his playing that are available to be heard here, he was a terrifyingly innovative pianist who was capable of unearthing secrets in the music and leaving his audiences breathless with the excitement of discovery.
The last item on this page is a 1929 silent home movie of Munz playing the piano. In the background you can see his wife, Aniela (Nela) Mlynarska who married Artur Rubinstein in 1932.
Chopin Six Preludes from Op 28
17 in A♭ major
03:03 ➢ 16 in B♭ minor
04:00 ➢ 20 in C minor
05:16 ➢ 19 in E♭ major
06:16 ➢ 22 in G minor
06:54 ➢ 24 in D minor
piano rolls from the 1920s
Chopin Étude in C minor, Op 10~12
Ampico piano roll released in 1923
Paganini-Liszt Grandes Études de Paganini 2 in E♭ major
Ampico piano roll
Delibes-Dohnanyi Waltz from Coppelia
Scriabin Étude in C♯ minor, Op 2~1
recorded in 1928
Ravel "Pièce en forme de Habanera"
(transcription by Daniel Ericourt)
recorded in 1928
Mieczyslaw Munz 1929 Home Movie (silent)
For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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