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An Evening with Friedrich Gulda at the Keyboards

December 25th, 2009 in Top Video Picks by | 32 comments

In a live recording from the Amerikahaus, Munich, Friedrich Gulda reveals the versatility of his keyboard playing. On the clavichord he plays three preludes and fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (in A minor BWV 889, in C major BWV 846, in A flat major BWV 886) on the piano; his own re-working of Schubert’s song Der Wanderer, ending with Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau and a selection of his own compositions.

Watch the recital here:

…or on YouTube:

Free sheet music for the pieces in the above video
(click images to open in new window):

Bach: Prelude & Fugue WTC II no 20

Bach: Prelude & Fugue WTC I no 1

Bach: Prelude & Fugue WTC II no 17

Schubert: Der Wanderer

Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000) won first prize at the International Competition in Geneva in 1946. He began going on concert tours throughout the world.
Together with Jörg Demus and Paul Badura-Skoda, Gulda formed what became known as the “Viennese troika”.

Gulda had a strong dislike of authorities like the Vienna Academy, the Beethoven Ring of which he was offered in recognition of his performances but which he refused, and even faked his own death in 1999, cementing his status as the enfant terrible among pianists. Nevertheless, Gulda is widely
regarded as one of the most outstanding piano players of the 20th century.
His piano students included Martha Argerich and the conductor Claudio Abbado. He is also remembered as an accomplished jazz-pianist, musical thinker and avant-garde artist. Although most famous for his Beethoven
interpretations, Gulda also performed the music of J.S.Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and Ravel.

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    Great Master is Friedrich Gulda. wonderful performance, pretty music that he gave us. Thanks for your musical holiday gifts, I don’t have words to describe this music ans this Master. Again, thanks a lot of and God bless you.

  • Randy says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video.

  • Cristobal Videla-Hintze says:

    Vielen Dank!

    Es ist eine magnifica presentacion!!!!!

  • David Walter says:

    What a nice Christmas treat! Thanks so much for informative video and sheet music!


    Dave Walter

  • Ervino Soicher says:

    It´s a long time ago, I had seen Gulda playing here inBrazil. What a pleasure.!
    Thanks for your magnificent gift.Happy Holydays.

  • Jeremy Lee says:

    Day after Christmas morning listen to Bach’s Prelude and Fugue by Guida plus free scores how much can you ask for, thanks piano street happy holidays!!!

  • imozika says:

    grateful for your christmas gift, i hope that energy and serenity give an harmonious rhythm to your daily life.

  • Jeroen says:

    Thanks for this nice musical present.

  • Anita Stav says:

    Thanks for showing this unique pianist in concert. I had seen him playing Mozart in Berlin, 1970. God bless you and a Happy New Year.

  • Jorge Beyer says:

    Thank you. A wonderful gift. Best wishes to you all.

  • elias says:

    thank very much

  • Betty Patnude says:

    Thank you for your bountiful gift of this video and supportive music literature. As Gulda plays the combination of the music to read and the video to watch and listen to is filling my evening with some magical and pleasurable sounds. The best hour of my time today. A totally unexpected happening.

  • Valerie Dawson-Miles says:

    Many thanks for a lovely gift – what a nice thought!

  • Giovanni says:

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    Thank You very much.
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  • Catherinna says:

    thank you so much!
    you brought joy to my ears and I have another piece to manage :)
    wish you all the best


  • Zeng yunzhen says:

    It’s a wonderful Christmas gift, thank you all :)

  • Claudia says:

    What a nice christmas gift!!!! Thank you so much


  • Tey Mun Sen says:

    This is my most surprised Christmas gift. Perfect and love it!!!!

  • Thank you very much for this christmas present!!!!!!!
    Wish you the best energy for 2010!!!!!!

  • Minja Kolak says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful gift! I wish you all the best
    Piano Street forever!!!

  • Gergana says:

    Great music and great perfomance!

  • roberta nuzzi says:

    GRAZIE di questo dono; vivere e lavorare per
    ottenere bellezza che sopravvive nel cuore di ognuno
    una via per l’immortalit

  • RMBarbosa says:

    A wonderful Christmas gift. Tahnk you. Pianostreet has make my day.

  • oscar jabagat says:

    Thanks for the wonderful gift…

  • Gerry Jansen says:

    Thank you very much. Very nice surprise gift and much appreciated. Beautiful music and performance

  • piano guide says:

    @.@ I can’t forget that thing. It gives me this goosebumps thing. I am very glad that I’ve seen this. Thank you.

  • Roberto says:

    Why no mention of La soirée dans Grenade in the list of pieces played?

  • 53535353 says:

    Gulda’s strange man,his jazz is fantastic.

  • maximilia says:

    great music!!!!
    thanks piano street it was all wonderful.. nxt time i hope for some more schubert..

  • well, there would be a need for more Christmas gifts next month “

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  • oxmitGGol says:

    I like Friedrich Gulda. It’s been 4years since I met him with his CD. I have since been collecting his CD albums. Because I live in Korea, it takes time and effort to find and buy his albums via internet. I am happy to meet another fan. According to one book about the classical music in Korea, he could have visited Seoul, capital of South Korea. But eventually he dismissed the contract although people for the event stopped by him in person. Which shows why he has been named terrorist pianist. I sometimes imagine what if he had finally performed some recitals in Korea. I believe if that had occurred, more classical music lovers in korea remember him with their heart. Thank you for making informative post on the web. Happy New Year!!!!

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