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German pianist and composer. He/She started in music with his father, dance music producer, and then studied piano with e. Pauer, in London, and with Liszt in Weimar. For a brief period of time he/she was director of the Opera of Weimar (1895). In 1892 he/she married Teresa Carreño, also famous pianist, but this marriage ended in divorce three years; throughout his life, d'Albert contracted other four marriages. Its success was so great that he/she was appointed successor to Joachim as director of the Superior School of music in Berlin in 1907.
It was a renowned interpreter of Beethoven and of j. S. Bach, who transcribed for piano some compositions for organ. The key well-tempered Clavier and the inventions of Bach editions were also very popular. In addition, he/she participated in the edition of the complete works of his teacher Liszt. As a composer, his style is inspired by Brahms and his production are some works for piano, lieder, Chamber music, a Symphony (1886), two concertos for piano and Orchestra (1884 and 1893), a Concerto for cello and Orchestra, and the six-voice choral work man and life (1893), as well as 21 operas. The influence of Wagner, which is apparent in the Comique Die Abreise (1898) and Flauto solo (1905), which obtained great success is accused in their first operas. It was subsequently preferring more and more towards realism. His work for stage, Tiefland (1903), has just been considered his masterpiece and based on the drama Terra work baixa de Angel Guimerá and built on a libretto by R. Lothar.
Marc Honegger, dictionary of music. Madrid. Espasa Calpe, Second Edition. 1993.
File Musical, Barcelona. Publishing Daimon.