Paul Wittgenstein


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(b Vienna, 1887; d Manhasset, NY, 1961).

Austrian‐born pianist (Amer. cit. 1946). Début Vienna 1913. Lost right arm in First World War, so developed remarkable left‐hand technique. Commissioned concs. or similar works for left‐hand pianist from several composers, incl. Korngold (conc.), Ravel (conc.), R. Strauss (Parergon zur Symphonia Domestica and Panathenäenzug), Prokofiev (4th conc.), Schmidt (Conc. Vars.), Weigl (conc.), and Britten (Diversions). Salzburg Fest. début 1936. Settled in NY 1938 and taught privately there 1938–60. Brother of Ludwig Wittgenstein, the philosopher.

Subjects: Music.

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