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The following tape recorded program is made available to this station by the National Association of educational broadcasters. The legendary pianists Washington State University brings you another in a series of recitals by the keyboard giants of the early 20th century. The masters of piano art who made most of their recordings before the era of modern electronics. These legendary concert artists made their records on thick walls of perforated paper similar to the player piano rolls but designed for a much more complex instrument called the reproducing piano recital we will hear today is selected from more than a thousand of these roll recordings in the collection of Dr. Campbell style. The chairman of the music department at Washington State University. The performance will be on a
Steinway duo are reproducing piano and Dr. Stout's home here now. It was Dr. Campbell start to introduce today's imaginary piano. In contrast to last week's recital as played by Paderewski. We will hear a program presenting five different composers artists today. Joseph Hoffmann was one of the greatest pianists of all times. He was born in Poland in 1906 and died in this country in one thousand fifty seven. After a long and successful career. He had made his home in the United States for more than 50 years. As a child prodigy Joseph Hoffman first visited this country at the age of 11 for a scheduled tour of over 50 concerts. This tour was cut short by the intervention of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children which accused the manager of exploitation. An American millionaire stepped in at this point and offered Hoffman's father $50000 to further the boy's education if he would withdraw the young pianist from the platform until he reached the age of 18.
The offer was accepted and Hoffman returned to Europe to study with Moskovsky and later with Anton Rubinstein. This may account for the fact that he recorded more compositions by these composers than did most of the other important pianists of the day. Joseph Hoffman seemed to prefer the medium of the reproducing piano over the phonograph records of the day and consequently did most of his recording through this instrument. However his 50th Anniversary recital in one thousand thirty seven was recorded and recently released on a long play record. In order that you can hear the difference in reproduction I've chosen a composition from this anniversary recital which he had recorded several years earlier for the reproducing piano. First you will hear a portion of the rock model of G minor prelude as recorded for us on the disc recording. Now the same work performed in its entirety on the reproducing piano.
You have just heard the prelude in G minor by rock mountain off as played by Joseph Hoffman on the do
art even though we don't remember Hoffman primarily for his musical composition he did write several successful works one of which we will hear him play next. Nocturne is from a collection of piano pieces and titled minion myths which was published in one thousand twenty three. You have heard Nocturne by Joseph Hoffman. Future programs will feature several more
examples of pianists performing their own compositions. Included will be sent songs Granados ASCII poem green Gryphus Gershwin and perhaps others. Next we hear Hoffman's interpretation of the Mendelssohn Rundle complete Josel. And.
You have just heard the Randall creek you know so by Mendelssohn as recorded by Joseph Hoffman. For the last number on today's program I have selected the twelfth ngayon rhapsody of Liszt. Before playing the complete work I would like for you to hear the opening few bars as played by three different artists Joseph Hoffman Percy Granger and Alexander Salafi. You will notice not only differences in Temple dynamics and rhythm but also what appear to be differences in tone quality. Or perhaps I should say sonority caused by contrasts in pedal technique. First with Mr Hoffman. Now Granger.
And the last Alexander silat to.
Future programs in this series will carry on to a greater degree the study of interpretations using as examples compositions for which as many as four artists performing the same work are available now back to the conclusion of today's program with Joseph Hoffman playing the Liszt twelfth wonder in Rhapsody. You have just heard of Joseph Hoffman in his do art recording of the list 12
Hungary and Rhapsody. This has been the legendary pianists. It's a series of recitals from reproducing piano rolls by the great concert pianists of the early 20th century. Your host and commentator on these programs is Dr. Campbell Stout the chairman of the music department of Washington State University. The legendary pianists is produced by Omar Erickson for Washington State University Radio. Here Randall speaking. This is the an a b Radio Network.
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The legendary pianists
Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Liszt
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Washington State University
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
Josef Hofmann performs works by Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn and Liszt.
Series Description
Music by great early-twentieth century concert pianists who produced Duo-Art piano roll recordings before advent of electronic recording.
Broadcast Date
Media type
Host: Stout, Kemble, 1916-
Performer: Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961
Performer: Hofmann, Josef, 1876-1957
Performer: Siloti, Alexander, 1863-1945
Producing Organization: Washington State University
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 62-8-2 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:25
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