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This coming Wednesday, a rare performance of the Busoni Piano Concerto will be heard at Carnegie Hall. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, Busoni was a musician with a fantastic combination of gifts, musical styles and inspiring thoughts about music’s future. Here is the next Fishko Files.



Marc Andre-Hamelin's performance of the Busoni piano concerto will be heard at Carnegie Hall, Wednesday May 9th. It will be broadcast as part of WQXR's Spring for Music Festival. For more information here.

Busoni, with his diverse musical styles and interests, had a huge sphere of influence as a teacher as well. Here’s more on some of Busoni’s most influential pupils.

Kurt Weill (1900-1950), the great symphonic and theater composer whose Threepenny Opera (with Bertolt Brecht) is a beloved classic.

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music honors the legacies of Weill, and actress-singer Lotte Lenya. For more, visit their website.

Kurt Weill Sings and plays “Sweet Low”


Edgard Varese (1883-1965) the adventurous composer who, in describing his work, preferred to use the term “organized sound” to “music.”  


More on Varese.

Edgard Varese - "Ionisation"


Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972) the composer whose operas and orchestral works reflected his connection to Abstract Expressionist painters and the Dadaist movement.

For more, visit The Stefan Wolpe Society.

Stefan Wolpe: String Quartet, ii


Egon Petri (1881-1962), the brilliant pianist who was more a Busoni disciple than a mere student, and who devoted his life to performing Busoni’s music (as well as that of Bach and Liszt). 

More on Petri.

Egon Petri plays Franz Liszt Petrarch Sonnet op 123 Definitive

Alexander Brailowsky (1896-1976), the Ukrainian/French pianist, whose specialty in the music of Chopin didn’t stop him from having a staggering repertoire of other music, as well.

More on Brailowsky and his music.

Alexander Brailowsky plays Chopin Concerto E-minor


Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) whose tenure as Music Director at the New York Philharmonic in the 50s pushed the orchestra to expand its repertoire to more modern music.

For more on Mitropolous.

Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts New York Philharmonic in rehearsal and concert



Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979), the ubiquitous Russian-born film composer, whose scores embellished more than one hundred films in the Hollywood Golden Age, and who received 22 Academy Award nominations.

More on Tiomkin.

Dimitri Tiomkin – Greatest Hits




Otto Luening (1900-1996), the German-American composer and conductor who was an early pioneer of tape music and electronic music, and who himself turned into a teacher of notable students (Wuorinen, Corigliano, Sollberger etc.)


More on Luening.


Otoo Luening – “Low Speed” (1954)



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