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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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. Cziffra settled in France with his family and took citizenship there.

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Pianistcomposerarranger. He was born in a shantytown called Angels Court on the outskirts of Budapest to a family of gypsy musicians.

Kentner, Cziffra play Liszt Hungaroton Classics. He became a French citizen in Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: 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 strauxs upright piano.

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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. After the war, he was imprisoned for a year in Views Read Edit View history.

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The boy nearly died from the inhumane conditions in which he was held. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: He learned without sheet music, instead repeating and improvising over tunes sung by his parents.

His earliest training in piano came from watching his sister practice. Retrieved from ” https: Classical Music for Babies. In the same year, France named him a cultural ambassador to a newly liberalized Hungary. Retrieved 11 April Cziffra’s Communist captors tortured him; knowing he was a pianist, they beat his hands and made him carry straauss pieces of stone. He began to establish a recital career in Czkffra, Holland, and Sweden. 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.

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 After six months of exhaustive work, he recovered his top form.

Frambourg near Senlis, which he made a non-sectarian shrine to spirituality and the arts, now known as the Foundation Cziffra. He married Zuleika shortly before he was drafted into the Hungarian army in A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist. One was the establishment of a piano competition in his name.

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When he was released, the ligaments were so loose that he could not transmit the power of his arms through his wrists. Cziffra died in Longpont-sur-OrgeEssonneFrance, aged 72, from a heart attack [8] resulting from a series of complications from lung cancer.


His successful Paris debut the following year preceded his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall playing Liszt ‘s first piano concerto czkffra Hungarian Fantasy which was also well received. He undertook three major projects. Top Cziffar See All.

This article is about the pianist. He was diagnosed with cancer in the early s, but died of a heart attack. Allgemeine Enzyklopedie der Musik.

György Cziffra performs Liszt, Strauss, Chopin, Rossini, Brahms & Schumann

Grand galop chromatique, S. The second was the purchase of the Royal Chapel of St. The family was desperately poor, and ultimately both his father and a sister died of starvation. His parents had lived in Paris before World War Iwhen they were expelled as enemy aliens. Retrieved 5 June He is buried in the cemetery of Senlis near the remains of his son, and his wife continues to direct the Foundation Cziffra.

He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists strausw all time. His records on the Hungarian label Qualiton and Czechoslovak Supraphon label began to circulate in Western Europe, propelling him to legendary status.

Cziffra had just married his wife Soleilka, who was pregnant when he entered military training.