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Leonid Kreutzer (Arranger)

Born: March 13, 1884 - St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 30, 1953 - Tokyo, Japan

The Russian pianist and teacher, Leonid Kreutzer, was born to a family of German Jewish parents. He was a highly influential piano teacher at the Berlin Academy of Music (Berliner Hochschule für Musik), together with Egon Petri. He also gave musically and technically demanding solo recitals, mostly dedicated to specific composers or themes. At some of these, notably in June of 1925, he performed works of contemporaries or modern, avant-garde composers of his time or of the recent past such as César Franck, Claude Debussy, Paul Hindemith, and Paul Juon.

The Nazi targeted Leonid Kreutzer prominently as a cultural enemy: Together with Frieda Loebenstein he is the one of two pianists whose name appears in a list of "tidy-up tasks" ("Aufräumungsarbeiten") compiled by Rosenberg's Kampfbund für deutsche Kultur (Battle-Union for German Culture). He emigrated to the USA in 1933 and to Japan in 1938 to Tokyo, Japan. He is also known as editor of Chopin's works at the Ullstein Verlag. He wrote one of the first works on systematic use of the piano pedal (Das normale Klavierpedal vom akustischen und ästhetischen Standpunkt, 1915).

 

Source: Wikipedia Website
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Aryeh Oron (June 2007)

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Bibliography

Wolfgang Rathert and Dietmar Schenk (eds.): Pianisten in Berlin: Klavierspiel und Klavierausbildung seit dem 19. Jahrhundert (Hochschule der Künste Berlin Archiv, vol. 3. Berlin, 1999)

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