Friedrich Gulda (born the May 16th 1930 with Vienna - died the January 27th 2000 with Steinbach amndt Attersee) is an Austrian musician , Pianiste and traditional Claveciniste on the one hand, pianist and type-setter of Jazz on the other hand. He is prize winner, in 1946, of the first price of the international Concours of musical execution of Geneva.
Gulda is regarded rightly as one of the best traditional interpreters of the 20th century, because of the character never creature of habit, always daring and innovative, but never easy, of its impeccable executions. Specialist in the traditional repertory and romantic, his name is especially associated with that in Ludwig van Beethoven, of which it recorded several times the corpus of the 32 Sonate S, like with that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, of which he was an admiror without limits. But he played also much Jean-Sebastien Bach with the harpsichord.
But Gulda was also a personality strange and discussed apart from its recitals of classical music. Magnet, like much of Austrians (cf Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek…), passionately to hate its country, it affected not to really like, at the bottom, that the jazz. In fact, its concerts proposed incongruous mixtures, where a night of Frederic Chopin and a Impromptu of Franz Schubert were intersected with pieces of jazz of its composition, or long improvisations on a topic of Thelonious Monk. This aspect of its musical person however, with its great fury, never touched any public, neither the music lovers traditional, disorientated, nor the amateurs of jazz, for which its key and its direction of the rate/rhythm were not freed enough from the constraints of the Métronome.
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