Arrau, Claudio


Christmas card from the eminent Chilean-born pianist, considered one of the greats of the 20th century


Autograph ID: 5671
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1903-1991) Chilean pianist, widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th century composers, but especially Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Lizst and Brahms.

A child prodigy, he debuted at 5. At 8 he was sent on a 10-year Chilean government grant to study in Germany. He was admitted to the Stern Conservatory of Berlin and studied under Martin Krause, himself a pupil of Franz Lizst. At 11 he could play Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes” considered to be one of the most difficult sets of works ever written for the piano, and also Brahms’ “Paganini Variations.” In 1935, Arrau gave a celebrated rendition of the entire keyboard works of Bach in 12 recitals. In 1936, he gave a complete rendition of Mozart piano works over 5 recitals, and followed with the complete Schubert and Weber cycles. In 1938, for the first time, Arrau gave the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos in Mexico City. In 1941 the Arrau family left Germany for the US and adopted dual U.S./Chilean citizenship in 1979. Numerous pianists studied with Arrau, incl. Garrick Ohlsson. The Robert Schumann Society established the Arrau Medal in 1991; it has been awarded to Andras Schiff, Martha Argerich and Murray Perahia, and he was named an honorary member of the Society.

Frameable 6 1/2 x 6 1/4 (opened) red imprinted Christmas/New Year card, color front depicting the 3 kings bearing gifts, signed with sentiment in red ink. Undated but ca. 1970s. From the collection of M. Scott Mampe, later head of the Classical Division (US) of Philips Records, coordinating activities with Philips’ headquarters in the Netherlands and an office in London.”
Type: Christmas Card

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