Earl Wild

Biography

Born: November 26, 1915; Pittsburgh, PA   Died: January 23, 2010; Palm Springs, CA  
Liszt was often called a "piano-centaur," so at one was he with the instrument. Earl Wild could be described in similar terms. The gift of absolute pitch revealed itself at age three as his avidity for the keyboard took prodigious strides. At six he read music fluently, and before he was 12 he was studying piano with Selmar Janson, a pupil of d'Albert and Scharwenka (both students of Liszt). Busoni's "disciple," Egon Petri; Paul Doguereau, a Read more student of Paderewski and Ravel; and Elena Barčre, wife of the phenomenal Russian pianist Simon Barčre, provided later tuition. With his superb mécanique and enormous hands, Wild was predestined to take his place among the great pianists, while his training and place in time spread before him the riches, traditions, and secrets of Romantic pianism. In his early teens, Wild was already composing, arranging, and transcribing music for radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh while playing piano and celesta in the Pittsburgh Symphony under Otto Klemperer. NBC hired him as a staff pianist in 1937, a stint that included playing under Toscanini in the NBC Symphony and with whom Wild gave a legendary broadcast performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in 1942, thereby coming to national notice as a major artist. During World War II, Wild served in the U.S. Navy playing fourth flute in the Navy Band, performing recitals at the White House, and frequently accompanying Eleanor Roosevelt to play "The Star Spangled Banner" on her speaking tours. From 1945 to 1968, Wild was employed by ABC as staff pianist, conductor, and composer -- his oratorio, Revelations, was broadcast to popular acclaim in 1962 and again in 1964. His "Doo-Dah" Variations for piano and orchestra, on Stephen Foster's "Camptown Races," was premiered by Wild with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra on September 26, 1992. He also gave world-premiere performances of Paul Creston's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Marvin David Levy's Piano Concerto No. 1, a work composed for him. But it was as an interpreter of Romantic literature, especially Liszt -- and such neglected figures as Thalberg, Herz, Scharwenka, Balakirev, Paderewski, Godowsky, and Medtner -- that Wild was most notable. And, like them, he cultivated the art of piano transcription, re-creating the songs of Rachmaninov and Gershwin in his own omnicompetent style. Since his first recording in 1939, Wild compiled an imposing legacy of recorded performances combining scholarly savoir faire with the flair and visceral impact of the born showman. He was internationally in demand as a teacher. Read less
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  • 1.
    American Visions / Gindes
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3475 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Earl Wild,  Kris Becker,  Richard Rodgers
    Performer:  Ian Gindes
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    Solo / McCarthy
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554225 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludovico Einaudi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas McCarthy
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    Cme Presents Piano Celebration, Vol. 1
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1559 Release Date: 11/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clement Doucet,  Wim Statius Muller,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Ming Xie,  Min Kwon,  Reed Tetzloff,  Soyeon Park  ... 
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    Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade / Gardner, Lortie, Mercier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 18075 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Louis Lortie,  Helene Mercier
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
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    Memories & Variations
    Label: Phoenix Park-kim   Catalog: 5638553852 Release Date: 09/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Earl Wild,  John C. Griffin,  Dave Brubeck  ... 
    Performer:  Phoenix Park-kim
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    Martin Jones - 75th Birthday Tribute
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1718 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Czerny,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jones,  Richard McMahon,  Adrian Farmer
    Conductor:  William Boughton
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    American Rhapsody: Gottschalk, Barber, Wild, Gershwin
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319292 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Samuel Barber,  Earl Wild,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Catherine Gordeladze
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    Leon Fleisher:  All The Things You Are
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9429 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leon Kirchner,  Earl Wild,  George Perle  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher
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    Earl Wild: The Complete Transcriptions and Original Piano Works, Vol. 1 / Giovanni Doria Miglietta
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild,  Alessandro Marcello
    Performer:  Giovanni Doria Miglietta
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    America!: Gershwin, From Broadway To The Concert Hall
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908541 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Frank Braley,  Jon Nakamatsu,  Jon Manasse,  Michael Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Richman,  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
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    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr, Vol. 29: Frankreich, Amerika & Neue Musik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553273 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Bertrand Chamayou,  Ya-Fei Chuang,  Eva Vogel,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gershwin Quartett (String Quartet)
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4765171 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners,  Sir William Walton,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Performer:  Antony Gray
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    Get Happy / Jenny Lin
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30011 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Earl Wild,  Stefan Malzew,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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    Dancing On Ivory
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1404 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Jue Wang
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    Silent Colors  /  Matthew Hill
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Earl Wild,  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Matthew Hill
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    The Piano Music Of Earl Wild / Xiayin Wang
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10626 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Xiayin Wang
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    Wild: Compositions & Transcriptions / Earl Wild
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 79003 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Earl Wild,  Joseph Giunta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Radio Orchestra,  Des Moines Symphony Orchestra
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    5 Stars - Favorites From The 5 Browns
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 736966 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aaron Copland,  Ignaz Friedman  ... 
    Performer:  Gregory Brown,  Ryan Brown,  Melody Brown,  Deondra Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The 5 Browns
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    Votapek Plays Gershwin - Original Works And Transcrptions
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Ralph Votapek
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    Michael Sheppard Plays Crumb, Barber, Wild, Bolcom, Corigliano, Rodgers
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907475 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Crumb,  John Corigliano,  William Bolcom,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Sheppard
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    Introducing Xiayin Wang - Bach, Mozart, Ravel, Et Al
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81369 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Xiayin Wang
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  • 22.
    Rarities Of Piano Music - 1989
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 349 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Valentin Alkan,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Leopold Godowsky,  Zez Confrey  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Smith,  Michael Ponti,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Jozef De Beenhouwer  ... 
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    Virtuoso Piano Rarities / Daniel Berman
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 483 Release Date: 01/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild,  Mily Balakirev
    Performer:  Daniel Berman
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  • 24.
    Rebecca Penneys & Steinway - Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Etc
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 57971 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Rebecca Penneys
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  • 25.
    Gershwin: Virtuoso Arrangements By Earl Wild / Martin Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5743 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Martin Jones
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