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Schnabel, Arturlocked

  • William Glock
  •  and Stephen Plaistow

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(b Lipnik, 17 April 1882; d Axenstein, Switzerland, 15 Aug 1951). Austrian pianist and composer, later naturalized American. When he was seven his family moved to Vienna, where he studied the piano with Leschetizky and theory with Mandyczewski. Of Leschetizky he once said that his teaching offered no method of any kind, but something infinitely more important: it was ‘like a current which sought to release all latent vitality in the student’. Leschetizky in his turn told Schnabel: ‘You will never be a pianist; you are a musician’. And in keeping with this judgment, he allowed Schnabel to ignore Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies and encouraged him to work at some of Schubert’s sonatas, which at that time were completely neglected. So with his début in ...

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