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date: 20 August 2019

Wurmbrand-Stuppach [née Vrabely], Stephanie [Brand-Vrabely, Stephanie ]locked

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[Brand-Vrabely, Stephanie ]

(b Pressburg [now Bratislava], Dec 26, 1849; d Vienna, Feb 16, 1919). Austrian composer, pianist and writer of Slovak origin. She used the pseudonym Stephanie Brand-Vrabely. She was the daughter of the post office director in Pressburg. Through her cultured family circle she became acquainted with Peter Cornelius, Brahms and Liszt, and with Tausig , who later became her teacher. As a pianist she performed a wide range of Romantic music, sometimes playing arrangements for four hands with her sister Seraphine (Tausig’s wife). After her marriage to Count Ernst Wurmbrand-Stuppach she lived in Vienna, where her compositions were performed by leading Austrian musicians. Her virtuoso piano music is typical of the late Romantic period; it includes Die schöne Melusine op.33 (‘musikalische Illustrationen’), Phantasiestücke op.21, Konzertstück im ungarischen Stile (for two pianos), waltzes, paraphrases and studies. Other works include a violin sonata (op.35) and songs. She also promoted the first performances of Béla Bartók’s music in Vienna and Manchester....

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