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Cornelius Gurlitt

(b. Hamburg 1820 d. Hamburg 1901)

Gurlitt was, above all, a musical educator. He wrote for many instruments and in many forms–operas, symphonies, songs–but it is as a writer of educational piano music that he is best remembered. The youthful solo piano pieces ‘The Little Flowers’ Op.205, the six sonatinas Op.54 and the Album for the Young Op.140 have always remained in print and are an indispensible part of the novice pianist’s repertoire. Less well known are the three fine piano duos for four hands at two pianos Op.175 and the set of twenty-six piano duets called ‘Grateful Tasks’ Op.102 from which the three examples in this volume are taken.

Gurlitt’s music frequently combines a harmonic and textural sensitivity not far removed from that of Schumann, together with a real understanding of classical pianistic principles.