Edwin Fischer


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(b Basle, 1886; d Zurich, 1960). Swiss pianist and conductor. Teacher at Stern Cons., Berlin, 1905–14. Cond. posts in Lübeck 1926–8 and Munich 1928–32. Succeeded Schnabel on staff of Berlin High Sch. for Mus. from 1931. In 1932 formed chamber orch., directing it from the kbd. in concs. (one of first to revive this 18th cent. practice). Salzburg Fest. début 1938. Specialist in, and writer about, mus. of Bach. whose kbd. works he ed. Comp. of pf. works. Also wrote book on Beethoven's sonatas (1956, Eng. trans. 1959).

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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