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Find György Cziffra composition information on AllMusic. Keyboard. Transcription for piano from Strauss’ “An der schönen blauen Donau”. Keyboard. Find György Cziffra discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. György Cziffra performs Liszt, Strauss, Chopin, Rossini, Brahms & Schumann · Schumann. György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the postwar decades in Europe, By Johann Strauss & Johann Strauss II.

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After the war he earned a living playing in Budapest bars and clubs, [2] [5] touring with a European Jazz band from — and earning recognition as a superb Jazz pianist and virtuoso.

He began dtrauss establish a recital career in Hungary, Holland, and Sweden. He retired from recording in and left strausd stage in He also restored the organ at the Abbey of La Chaise Dieu and started a summer festival there, at the suggestion of his son, who became a conductor.

Retrieved 11 April After the war, he was imprisoned for a year in His unit was sent to the Russian front. By the age of five, he was improvising requests from the audience at a circus. He learned piano by watching an older sister’s lessons. Frambourg near Senlis, which he made a non-sectarian shrine to spirituality and the arts, now known as the Foundation Cziffra.

When he was released, the ligaments were so czigfra that he could not transmit the power of his arms through his wrists.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cziffra had just married his wife Soleilka, who was pregnant when he entered military training.

His earliest training in piano came from watching his sister practice. Cziffra always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist, which were damaged after he was forced to carry pounds of concrete up six flights of stairs during his two years in a labor camp. Kentner, Cziffra play Liszt Hungaroton Classics.


He married Zuleika shortly before he was drafted into the Hungarian army in He was captured by Russian partisans and held as a prisoner of war. In he founded the Cziffra Foundation, sited in the Saint Frambourg chapel in Senlis, Oisewhich he bought and restored, with the aim of helping young musicians at the outset of their careers.

This article is about the pianist. Grand galop chromatique, S. Hungary was allied with the Axis during the Second World War.

Allgemeine Enzyklopedie der Musik. Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: His successful Paris debut the following year preceded his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall playing Liszt ‘s first piano concerto and Hungarian Fantasy which was also well received. Retrieved 5 June He was born in a shantytown called Angels Court steauss the outskirts of Budapest to a family of gypsy musicians.

After attempting to escape communist Hungary in he was again imprisoned and subject to hard labour in the period — A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist. The second was the purchase of the Royal Chapel of St.

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His parents had lived in Paris before World War Iwhen they were expelled as enemy aliens. Cziffra’s Communist captors tortured him; knowing he was a pianist, they beat his hands and made him carry heavy pieces of stone.

She had decided she was going to learn the piano after finding a job which allowed her to save the required amount of money for buying an upright piano.

In Cziffra escaped with his wife and son to Vienna, where his recital was warmly received. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: In the same year, France named him a cultural ambassador to a newly liberalized Hungary. The boy nearly died from the inhumane conditions in which he was held.

The family was desperately poor, and ultimately both his father and a sister died of starvation. Views Read Edit View history. He learned without sheet music, instead repeating and improvising over tunes sung by his parents.


At ten, he was sent to the conservatory in Budapest. Inhe founded the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in the Auvergne, and three years later he inaugurated the piano competition named after him at Versailles.

Listen to György Cziffra, Liszt, Johann Strauss II-Cziffra, Gershwin now.

stgauss Classical Music for Babies. Cziffra refused to perform with an orchestra thereafter. Returning to his wife and small son, and with his mother and surviving sisters dependent on him, he worked for hours each day to recover his piano technique, making a living on tips from playing jazz in bars and cabarets each night. His records on the Hungarian label Qualiton and Czechoslovak Supraphon label began to circulate in Western Europe, propelling him to legendary status.

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In Cannons and Flowershis autobiography, which has been described as “a hallucinatory journey through privation, acclaim, hostility and personal tragedy”, Cziffra recounts his life story up until He undertook three major projects. However, his promising career was cut short by his death cziffda an apartment fire in Pianistcomposerarranger. He gave numerous concerts in Hungary, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Cziffra was born to a poor family in Budapest in Dissertation, University of North Carolina Greensboro, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He is buried in the cemetery of Senlis near strausss remains of his son, and his wife continues to direct the Foundation Cziffra. He was diagnosed with cancer in the early strause, but died of a heart attack. He became a French citizen in

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