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Josef Hofmann
1876-1957
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Josef Hofmann was born in 1876 in Podgórze, near Cracow (Kraków), Austria-Hungary, (now Poland). His father was the composer, conductor and pianist Kazimierz Hofmann, and his mother the singer Matylda Pindelska. A child prodigy, he gave a debut recital in Warsaw at the age of 5.  A long series of concerts followed, throughout Europe and Scandinavia, culminating in a series of concerts in America in 1887-88. His success and talent were compared with a young Mozart and a young Mendelssohn.  Anton Rubinstein took Hofmann as his only private student in 1892 and arranged the debut of his pupil in Hamburg, Germany in 1894. Hofmann toured and performed extensively over the next 50 years as one of the most celebrated pianists of the era. In 1913, he was presented with a set of keys to the city of St. Petersburg.
Hofmann's repertoire was mostly confined to music written before the start of the 20th century. Much like Rubinstein's seven historic recitals of 1885, he gave 21 consecutive concerts in St. Petersburg without repeating a single piece.  Hofmann  played 255 different works from memory during that marathon cycle in 1912–1913. His wife kept a dairy of his 1909 Russian tour.  She mentioned he raised his eyebrows when he saw Brahms' Handel Variations on his program - a piece he had not played or even looked at for two and a half years. He played the work at the concert without hesitation.  Although a poor sight reader, he was said to possess the ability of Liszt and Saint-Saëns to hear a composition only once and play it back correctly without seeing the printed notes. Rosina Lhévinne recalled that Hofmann heard her husband Josef Lhévinne play Liszt's Lorelei, (a piece Hofmann had never heard before) but went on to play it just like her husband. Later that day he played the piece as an encore.  Godowsky and Hofmann met in Berlin in 1900, becoming friends until Godowsky's death in 1938. Hofmann visited Godowsky's studio and listened whilst he was composing Fledermaus.  Maurice Aronson, Leopold Godowsky's assistant, recalled Hofmann learnt Godowsky's Fledermaus transcription. One week after Hofmann visited Godowsky he played the entire transcription, without ever seeing the music. Godowsky, in fact, had not yet written the score. Schonberg commented that Godowsky's Fledermaus was one of the most resourceful and complicated stunts ever written for the piano.
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Piano playing, with Piano questions answered, by Josef HofmannJosef Hofmann, Vol. 4
Country Waltz
Anton Rubenstein
(6'00)
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Autobiography Of Anton Rubinstein 1829-1889Anton Rubinstein: Complete Piano Sonatas
Forest Elves Op 70 No 5
Schytte
(2'02)
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Ludvig Schytte: 25 Easy Studies For Piano Op.160Grand Piano: Chopin & Encores
Hungarian Rhapsody No 12
Liszt
(9'13)
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Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Vol.13
Melody in F
Anton Rubenstein
(4'01)
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Rubinstein: Melody In F (No.39)Live
Moonlight Sonata
1st Movement
6'
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The Art of Ashkenazy
Moonlight Sonata
2nd Movement
2'13
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Arthur Rubinstein: Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Moonlight Sonata
3rd Movement
7'52

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Arthur Rubinstein: Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Nocturne Op 27 No 2
Chopin
(5'15)
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Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes
Polonaise Op 40 No 1
Chopin
(5'36)
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Chopin Polonaises
Polonaise Op 44
Chopin
(8'36)
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Frederic Chopin: Complete Works For The Piano Book III PolonaisesChopin: Polonaises / Maurizio Pollini
Polonaise Op 53
Chopin
(6'51)
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Frederic Chopin: Complete Works For The Piano Book III PolonaisesChopin: Polonaises / Maurizio Pollini
Prelude Op 23 No 3
Rachmaninoff
(2'57)
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24 Preludes
Rondo a Capriccio
Beethoven
(5'26)
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Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven
Rondo a Capriccioso
Mendelssohn
(5'06)
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Mendelssohn: Sonata for Piano; Prelude & Fugue; Variations Sérieuses; Rondo Capriccioso
Scherzo Op 16 No 2
Mendelssohn
(2'41)
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Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo In E Minor Op.16 No.2Mendelssohn: Scherzo in E Minor (Advanced Piano Solo) [Sheet Music] (Progressive Series Compositions, 1018)
Scherzo Op. 20 No 1
Chopin
(8'43)
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Chopin: Waltzes; 4 Scherzos; 26 Preludes
Sonata Op 101; 1st and 2nd Movs
Beethoven
(9'07)

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Beethoven: Die Späten Klaviersonaten
Valse Caprice Op 53
Anton Rubenstein
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Autobiography Of Anton Rubinstein 1829-1889The Art of Piano Pedaling: Two Classic Guides
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