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Earl wild, November 26, 1915 – January 23, 2010

Earl Wild was an accomplished pianist and composer who was also known for his virtuoso transcriptions of Rachmaninov and Gershwin.  He was the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television, in 1939, and was the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet, in 1997.

In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which was a resounding success and made him a household name. During World War II, Wild served in the United States Navy as a musician. Earl Wild was renowned for his virtuoso recitals and master classes held around the world, from Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo to Argentina, England and throughout the United States.

Featured Titles:

WILD, Earl: Classic Portraits
-The Art of Earl Wild

ATM-CD-1657 RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Earl Wild also appears on:

GERSWHIN, G.: Jazz Music (Paul Whiteman's Gerswhin) (Paul Whiteman Orchestra) (1921-1945)
LISZT: Transcendental Etudes / Reminiscences de Don Juan / Mephisto Waltz
BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Paganini / 4 Ballades / Piano Sonata No. 1 / 6 Klavierstucke

Earl Wild's adaptations of Gershwin:

WILD, E.: Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess / 7 Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin / Improvisation in the form of a Theme and Variations (Jones)


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