Kentner – A Symposium

Edited by Harold Taylor
Preface by Yehudi Menuhin

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Melanie Spanswick

This symposium features essays on the work of Kentner as performer, composer and teacher, and includes a chapter of reminiscences by Kentner himself.





Louis Kentner, one of the outstanding pianists of his generation, was born in 1905 in Karwina, Silesia, Austria-Hungary (now Karviná in the Czech Republic). Following his debut in Budapest at the age of thirteen, his career has taken him many times around the world and he has been a pillar of English musical life since making his home in London in 1935. An admired exponent of Liszt, he founded the British Liszt Society and performed his works with authority, eloquence and colour. Kentner also specialized in playing Kodály and Bartók. He gave the first Hungarian performance of Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto (Budapest, 1933), the first European performance of his Third in London (1945), and the British première of the Scherzo, Op. 2 in 1962. He contributed his own chapter of reminiscences to this symposium, which also includes authoritative essays and notes on the many facets of his work as a performer, composer and teacher, together with a discography and characteristic photographs. The book closes with a number of tributes from organisations and individuals who knew him well.


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About the Author

Harold Taylor graduated from the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the RNCM) and then studied in Paris under Thiberge and Alfred Cortot. He subsequently developed a career as pianist, lecturer-recitalist, writer and teacher, and as Head of Music at Bromsgrove College. His knowledge of pianism and pianists was encyclopaedic and he brought to his teaching both expertise and a sympathetic understanding.


Foreword by Yehudi Menuhin
Preface by Harold Taylor
Biographical Note
1. Sketch of a self-portrait
Louis Kentner
2. A peculiar magic
Ronald Stevenson
3. Forty years on
Harold Taylor
4. The artist as a teacher
Simon Nicholls
Julian Jacobson
Philip Martin
Marguerita Wolff
5. Tributes
The Liszt Society
The Chopin Society
The European Piano Teachers Association
Sir Claus Moser
Sir Sacheverell
Notes on the contributors


I LOVE Louis Kentner to pieces o one of the very greatest of Liszt players!
Jessica Duchen

Highly recommended …
Melanie Spanswick

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