Moritz Moszkowski


Born: August 23, 1854; Breslau, Germany   Died: March 4, 1925; Paris, France  
The Jewish pianist Moritz Moszkowski was German-born, but always claimed Polish nationality. A child prodigy, Moszkowski entered the Dresden conservatory at age 11, and from there moved on to Berlin where he studied piano with Eduard Frank and Theodore Kullak and composition with Friedrich Kiel. Kullak was so impressed by Moszkowski that he made the latter an instructor at the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst; Moszkowski was then only 17 years of age, Read more and he remained in this position until 1896. In 1873, Moszkowski made his debut appearance in Berlin and swiftly rose through ranks to recognition as one of the top piano virtuosi in Europe. In 1875, Moszkowski premiered his First Piano Concerto; soon after the premiere, Franz Liszt joined performed a two-piano version with him.

By the mid-1880s, Moszkowski was suffering from nerves and began to curtail his recital activity in favor of composing, conducting and teaching. His many published compositions proved very popular in the era of salon pianism, and netted the composer a handsome income. These included the Serenata Op. 15/1, Concert Studies Op. 24, Caprice Espagnol Op. 37, Etincelles Op. 36/6 and Guitarre Op. 45/2. Moszkowski's music for piano duet was especially popular, in particular the Spanish Dances Opp. 12, 21, and 65. Early in his career Moszkowski had some success with orchestral music as well, but these pieces remained largely unpublished and most are now lost.

Among Moszkowski's honors were membership in the Berlin Academy of Art, and an honorary lifetime membership in the Philharmonic Society in Britain, where he often appeared as conductor. Upon leaving the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst, Moszkowski re-settled in Paris with his wife, the sister of the composer Cecile Chaminade. In 1910 Moszkowski's wife left him for his best friend, taking their daughter with her; he never truly recovered from this personal tragedy.

In the early years of the twentieth century Moszkowski proved unable to adapt to changing musical styles, and sales of his works quickly declined. Having lost his considerable fortune during the tumult of the First World War, Moszkowski was living in poverty by the early 1920s. On December 21, 1921 a group of concerned colleagues arranged a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on his behalf; among the 14 pianists who played the event were Percy Grainger, Harold Bauer, Wilhelm Bachaus, Leo Ornstein, and Ignaz Freidman. The conductor of this "monster concert" was Walter Damrosch, who remembered that this event as the most difficult assignment of his career. Nonetheless, the concert generated $10,000; however Moszkowski was unable to access this windfall of cash until mere weeks before his death in Paris at age 70. Despite living up to the very eve of electrical recording, Moszkowski is not known to have left behind any records or piano rolls of his own playing. Read less
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  • 126.
    Romantic Piano Concertos - Moszkowski / Pawlik, Wit, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553989 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski
    Performer:  Markus Pawlik
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Piano Reflections - Encore Favorites / Margery Mcduffie
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20056 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Isidore Philipp,  Gabriel Fauré,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Margery McDuffie
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  • 128.
    The Last Dance - Music for a Vanishing Era / I Salonisti
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77377 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Enrico Toselli,  Benjamin Godard,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 129.
    Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56602 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 130.
    Legendary Treasures - Jascha Heifetz Collection Vol 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7707 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Russell Bennett,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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  • 131.
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 479 Release Date: 09/01/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Frank Bridge,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott,  Piers Lane,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Hamish Milne  ... 
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  • 132.
    Virtuoso Piano Showpieces / Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5326 Release Date: 01/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Ignaz Friedman,  Giuseppe Ferrata,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jones
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  • 133.
    Miniatures - Kreisler, Et Al / Lazarevitch, Honegger
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 877 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Claire Honegger,  Vojkan Lazarevitch
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  • 134.
    Paganini's Violin / Salvatore Accardo, Laura Manzini
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 175 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Nathan Milstein,  Josef Suk,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Laura Manzini
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  • 135.
    Songs Without Words / Mela Tenenbaum, Richard Kapp
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1048 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grigoras Dinicu,  Leonard Gautier,  Traditional,  Jean-Delphin Alard  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Kapp,  Mela Tenenbaum
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  • 136.
    Romantic Etudes For Piano / Michael Ponti, Mary Louise Boehm
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5151 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Charles Valentin Alkan,  Adolf Henselt,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Mary Louise Boehm
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  • 137.
    Grand Piano - The Grand Piano Era / Bauer, Busoni, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8801 Release Date: 01/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Ignaz Friedman,  Josef Hofmann,  Frederic Lamond,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
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  • 138.
    A Musical Snuff-box - Sequeira Costa Plays Encores
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 369 Release Date: 12/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Bortkiewicz,  Anatole Liadov,  Federico Mompou,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Sequeira Costa
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  • 139.
    25 Virtuoso Etudes - Chopin, Debussy, Et Al / Ilana Vered
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4197 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ezra Laderman,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Ilana Vered
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  • 140.
    Paganini's Violin / Salvatore Accardo, Laura Manzini
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 137 Release Date: 11/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nathan Milstein,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Josef Suk,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Manzini,  Salvatore Accardo
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  • 141.
    Tea Time / Mela Tenenbaum, Anton Nel
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  P. Chernyetsky,  Isaac Albeniz,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Nel,  Mela Tenenbaum
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  • 142.
    Evocation - Legendary Encores Played By Roland Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 661 Release Date: 07/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Enrique Granados,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
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  • 143.
    Prima Voce - Mccormack & Kreisler In Recital
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7868 Release Date: 05/02/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Larchet,  Traditional,  Gaetano Braga,  Francesco Paolo Tosti  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Schneider,  Fritz Kreisler,  John McCormack,  Vincent O'Brien  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Walter Rogers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Prima Voce - Prima Voce Party
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7839 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Marcel Delannoy,  H. de Fontenailles,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Hugues Cuénod,  Rosa Ponselle,  Miliza Korjus  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Maurice Jaubert,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Lawrence Collingwood  ... 
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  • 145.
    Gabrilowitsch - Issued And Unissued Recordings (1923-29)
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 02/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Anton Arensky,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Ossip Gabrilowitsch,  Harold Bauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flonzaley String Quartet
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  • 146.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 2
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
    Conductor:  Ignace Hilsberg,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Curtis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 147.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 3 - Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Constantin Sternberg,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 148.
    Rubinstein, Moszkowski: Piano Concertos / Matti Raekallio
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 818 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Anton Rubinstein
    Performer:  Matti Raekallio
    Conductor:  Leonid Grin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 149.
    Horowitz Vol III - The Historic Return, Carnegie Hall 1965
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53461 Release Date: 06/14/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 150.
    Bill Moyers Narrates... The Story Of Percussion / Nexus
    Label: Nexus   Catalog: 10306 Release Date: 02/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Hamilton Green,  Jacques Philidor,  William Cahn,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Bob Becker,  Bill Moyers,  Russ Hartenberger,  John Harvey Wyre
    Conductor:  William Cahn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nexus (Ensemble),  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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Moritz Moszkowski

I. Allegro moderato
II. Vivace assai
III. Con moto
IV. Moderato e grazioso
No. 1. Russian
No. 3. German
No. 4. Spanish
No. 5. Polish
No. 2. Italian
No. 6. Hungarian
I. Moderato
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Allegro deciso
No. 1. Moderato
No. 2. Allegretto con moto
No. 3. Moderato e grazioso
No. 4. Allegro animato
No. 5. Allegro con brio
I. Molto allegro e con fuoco
II. Presto
III. Andante
IV. Allegro moderato e grazioso
V. Allegro con spirito
VI. Mesto
VII. Tempo di valse
No. 1. Kinder Marsch: Allegro
No. 2. Humoreske: Allegretto
No. 3. Tarantelle: Allegro molto
No. 4. Spinnerlied: Vivo
I. Prologue: Allegro brioso
II. Moment musical: Molto moderato
III. Melodie: Allegro moderato
IV. Air de Ballet: Andante con moto
V. Arabesque: Allegretto animato
VI. Berceuse: Andante
VII. Valse: Tempo moderato
VIII. Tarantelle: Molto vivace
No. 1. Cortege: Allegro ma non troppo
No. 2. Gavotte: Moderato
No. 1. Mazurka: Allegro
No. 2. Mazurka: Allegro un poco moderato
No. 3. Polonaise: Allegretto con moto
No. 4. Krakowiak: Allegro con spirito
No. 1. Allegro brioso
No. 2. Moderato
No. 3. Con moto
No. 4. Allegro comodo
No. 5. Bolero: Con spirito
No. 1. Allegro ma non troppo
No. 2. Andante con moto
No. 3. Habanera: Allegretto
No. 1. Polonaise: Brioso ed energico
No. 2. Walzer: Allegretto grazioso
No. 3. Ungarischer Tanz: Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro energico
II. Allegro moderato
III. Lento assai
IV. Molto vivace
No. 1. Allegro moderato
No. 2. Pesante e lugubre
No. 3. Allegro grazioso
No. 4. Vivace assai
No. 5. Pomposo ed energico, ma non troppo allegro