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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

By Robert Cooper Rivard

Classical pianist, composer, member of ASCAP. Currently teaching online "Music of the United States" and "Music and the Human Experience" for a college in Missouri.