Werner Grünzweig

Artur Schnabel

Musician and Pianist

Language: English
76 pages, softcover
15 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-95565-288-3
Publication date: 2018
8.90 €

Jewish Miniatures Vol. 205A

Those unfamiliar with Artur Schnabel (1882–1951) will perhaps be somewhat irritated by the book’s title. Is a pianist not per se a musician?  Not necessarily, according to Schnabel. The artist himself propagated his Viennese teacher’s half-joking claim that Schnabel would never become a pianist since he is a musician. 
What was intended as an entertaining remark became for Schnabel a lifelong artistic maxim. He wanted to be a facilitator between composer and listener and deplored the common practice he often observed of performers misusing music as a mere venue to display their virtuosic skills at the keyboard. Based on his comprehensive background knowledge, Schnabel founded a worldwide renowned school of piano performance. His concert activities, recordings, music editions and lectures have not only influenced musical thought to the present day, but have had a lasting effect on our concert life.

Werner Grünzweig

Musikwissenschaftler und Leiter der Musikarchive der Berliner Akademie der Künste, gab seit 2001 zahlreiche Schriften und Editionen sowie einen großen Ausstellungskatalog über Artur Schnabel heraus. Mit diesem Band legt er die erste Biographie Schnabels in deutscher Sprache vor – und die erste Biographie seit Cesar Saerchingers 1957 auf Englisch erschienenem Buch „Artur Schnabel. A Biography“.