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Clotilde Kleeberg

Clotilde Kleeberg

Two rare finds at the Stanford University Piano Roll Archive of pianist Clotilde Kleeberg. Born in Paris to German parents in 1866, she studied at the Paris Conservatory earning first prizes in 1877 and 1878. Her playing was much admired by Camille Saint-Saëns and by Clara Schumann. Kleeberg died in 1909 of pneumonia at age 42.

Her recordings of Mendelssohn’s Song without Words, Op. 38, No. 6 and of Maurice Moszkowski’s Liebes Walzer, Op. 57, No. 5 were recorded in 1908 and 1907. The original piano rolls are part of the Stanford University Piano Roll Archive where they were scanned and converted to MIDI for computer playback. For the MP3’s below I rendered them using the 1922 Erard grand piano morphed with the U4 upright piano, both from Pianoteq.

Hope you enjoy!

Robert Cooper Rivard, the Isolated Pianist

Mendelssohn Song without Words, Op. 38, No. 6, Clotilde Kleeberg, piano, 1908
Maurice Moszkowski Liebes Walzer, Op. 57, No 5, Clotilde Kleeberg, piano, 1907
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold in 1912
Erich Korngold Piano Sonata Op 2 No 2 Movements One and Two played by Rudolph Ganz in 1915
Erich Korngold Piano Sonata Op 2 No 2 Movements Three and Four played by Rudolph Ganz in 1915

Composer and pianist Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) is usually thought of as a wonderful film composer first, which he was. But he was much, much more than that. He was foremost a serious composer of classical music who started life as a child prodigy.

One of the treasures at the Stanford University Piano Roll Archive is the piano roll pianist Rudolph Ganz made in 1915 of Korngold’s Piano Sonata Op 2 No 2. The Archive scanned the piano roll and converted it to MIDI format which I rendered to MP3 using my 1922 VST Erard grand piano from Pianoteq,

I hope you enjoy listening to a very young Korngold whose genius we too often forget.

Peace to all!

Robert Cooper Rivard, the Isolated Pianist