Franz Schmidt
Friedrich Wuhrer
Siegfried Rapp
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Derek Jarman
(Movies & TV)
Neil Halstead

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Paul Wittgenstein

Knowledge Identifier: +Paul_Wittgenstein


Paul Wittgenstein

Austrian-born concert pianist who became known for commissioning new piano concerti for the left hand alone, following the amputation of his right arm during the First World War add

Category: Music (650)

Born in 1887.

Countries: United States (33%), United Kingdom (22%), Austria (22%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Franz Schmidt, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Friedrich Wuhrer

Linked to: Nazi Party




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Paul Wittgenstein was born in 1887 add something


He made his public début in 1913, attracting favourable reviews add something


Erich Wolfgang Korngold - He completed a Concerto for Piano Left Hand for pianist Paul Wittgenstein in 1923 and his fourth opera, "Das Wunder der Heliane" four years later


Paul himself, who was no longer permitted to perform in public concerts under the Nazis, departed for the United States in 1938 add something


Franz Schmidt - However, Schmidt left this composition unfinished, and in the summer and autumn of 1938, a few months before his death, set it aside to devote himself to two other commissioned works for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, for whom he had often composed: the Clarinet Quintet in A major and the solo Toccata in D minor


Friedrich Wuhrer - In 1939, as Paul Wittgenstein, who commissioned the work, had fled Austria, Wührer performed in the premiere of Schmidt's Quintet for piano, violin, clarinet, viola, and cello in A major, albeit in his own arrangement for two hands rather than, as originally written for piano, left hand alone


Paul became an American citizen in 1946, and spent the rest of his life in the United States, where he did much teaching as well as playing add something


Siegfried Rapp - Around 1950, Rapp sought permission from Paul Wittgenstein, the left-handed dedicatee of Prokofiev's 4th Piano Concerto , to perform the work himself

Paul Wittgenstein died in 1961 add something


Paul Wittgenstein appears as a character in Derek Jarman's 1993 film "Wittgenstein", about his brother Ludwig Wittgenstein add something


Paul Wittgenstein's life is the basis for the Neil Halstead song "Wittgenstein's Arm" from the 2012 album Palindrome Hunches add something