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Friedrich Gulda 16 May — 27 January was an Austrian pianist and composer who worked in both the classical and jazz fields. Born in Vienna as the son of a teacher, Gulda began learning to play the piano from Felix Pazofsky at the Wiener Volkskonservatoriumaged 7. During World War II as teenagers, Gulda and his friend Joe Zawinul would go out and perform forbidden musics — like jazz, in violation of the government’s prohibition on the playing of such music this is mentioned in the documentary film “Friedrich Gulda: So What — A Portrait”.
Gulda won first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in Initially, the jury preferred the Belgian pianist Lode Backx, but when the final vote was taken, Gulda was the winner.
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pplay One of the jurors, Eileen Joycewho favoured Backx, stormed out and claimed the other jurors were unfairly influenced by Gulda’s supporters.
He made his Carnegie Hall debut in Although most renowned for his Mozart and Beethoven interpretations, Gulda also performed the music of J. His recordings of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier are plqy regarded. Gulda’s later reliance on co-operating with companies whose recording techniques were primitive in comparison to those espoused by more sophisticated rivals stood him in very poor stead with regard to posterity.
The rescued Mozart sonata tapes issued on DG are bad in terms of recorded technical quality; likewise the Debussy Preludes and Bach recordings of the late 60s and early 70s. From the s on Gulda cultivated a professional interest in jazzand in free improvisation or open music improvisations, writing songs.
He also recorded as a vocalist under the pseudonym “Albert Golowin”, fooling music critics for years until it was realized that Gulda and Golowin plzy the same person.
He played instrumental pieces, at times combining jazz, free music, and classical music in his concerts. In the late s Gulda recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas.
There can be no guarantee that I will become a great jazz musician, but at least I shall know that I am doing the right thing. I don’t want to fall into the routine of the modern concert pianist’s life, nor plsy I want to ride the cheap triumphs of the Baroque bandwagon.
In jazz, he found “the rhythmic drive, the risk, the absolute contrast to the pale, academic approach I had been taught.
In the s, Gulda wrote a Prelude and Fugue with a theme suggesting swing. Inhe wrote his Guldq for Cello and Wind Orchestrawhich ply been called “as moving as it is lighthearted”, in five movements “involving jazz, a minuet, rock, a smidgen of polka, a march and a cadenza with two spots where a star cellist must improvise.
InGulda teamed up with jazz pianist Chick Coreawho was between the breakup of Return to Forever and the formation of his Elektric Band. These unorthodox practices along with his refusal to sometimes follow clothing conventions he was notoriously described as resembling, in one South German concert, “a Serbian pimp” or announce the program of his concerts in advance earned him the nickname “terrorist pianist”. Gulda died of heart failure at the age of 69 on 27 January at his home in WeissenbachAustria.
Gulda was married twice, firstly to actress Paola Loew — with whom he had two sons, David Wolfgang and Paul, and secondly to Yuko Wakiyama — with whom he had another son, Rico. Both Paul and Rico became accomplished pianists.
In Gulda began a relationship with the oratorio singer Ursula Anders which lasted until his death. In a documentary film for television was made about his life, Plat what?! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.