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Hans Guido von Bülow

Hans Guido von Bülow

Hans Guido von Bülow

*8 I 1830 Drezno, †12 II 1894 Kair

German conductor, pianist, composer and music writer. He studied the piano with Liszt and he remained under his influence for many years. He was also for some time fascinated with the music and theories of Ryszard Wagner. From 1864 he was a court pianist and from 1867 the Kapellmeister of Ludwik the 2nd of Bavaria. At the decline of his life he focused mainly on conducting.

Bülow's opinions on Chopin, expressed in letters and editions of the etudes and impromptus of the Polish composer, are quite ambiguous. At first he was very enthusiastic about nearly all of Chopin's compositions. He named the Polish composer: "the poet" and "immortal romantic par excellence, for whom only one set of mazurkas create a monument stronger than bronze", but other times he mentioned Chopin together with Beethoven among the Classical composers. He valued most highly and willingly played Chopin's works of the „man" character, among which he placed the mazurkas, preludes and ballades. With the most reserve he wrote about the waltzes, which he found to be trivial and effeminate.


 

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