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date: 18 November 2019

Pauer, Max von locked

  • James Methuen-Campbell


(b London, Oct 31, 1866; d Jugenheim, nr Darmstadt, May 12, 1945). German pianist, teacher and music administrator , son of Ernst Pauer . He studied with his father until 1881, and then went to Karlsruhe, where for four years he was a composition pupil of Vincenz Lachner at the conservatory. Pauer made a successful début in London at the age of 19 and then for two years devoted himself to concert work, but without making the impact he had hoped for. From 1887 he was a teacher at the Cologne Conservatory and in 1897 moved to Stuttgart, where he took over Dionys Pruckner's class. He became director of the Stuttgart Conservatory in 1908 and in 1924 succeeded Stephan Krehl as head of the Leipzig Conservatory, which under his leadership was reorganized as a Hochschule für Musik. Pauer remained director for ten years, after which he retired from administration. Especially effective in large-scale works of the piano literature, he developed into a notable Beethoven and Brahms player, and introduced numerous works by contemporary composers such as Reger and Rachmaninoff. He can be heard as pianist in a recording of Schubert's ‘Trout’ Quintet dating from the late 1920s. Admired as a flexible and inventive teacher, Pauer numbered among his pupils Julian von Karolyi, the teacher Walter Georgii and the accompanist Hubert Giesen. He composed some piano pieces, edited a large quantity of music, brought out a new edition of the Lebert-Stark Klavierschule (Stuttgart, ...

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