Liszt was often called a "piano-centaur," so at one was he with the instrument. Earl Wild could be described in similar terms. The gift of absolute pitch revealed itself at age three as his avidity for the keyboard took prodigious strides. At six he read music fluently, and before he was 12 he was studying piano with Selmar Janson, a pupil of d'Albert and Scharwenka (both students of Liszt). Busoni's "disciple," Egon Petri; Paul Doguereau, a student of Paderewski and Ravel; and Elena Barère, wife of the phenomenal Russian pianist Simon Barère, provided later tuition. With his superb mécanique and enormous hands, Wild was predestined to take his place among the great pianists, while his training and place in time spread before him the riches, traditions, and secrets of Romantic pianism. In his early teens, Wild was already composing, ...
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Album Highlights

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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, for piano (after Gershwin) 1973 25:01 Keyboard
Virtuoso Etudes (7) on Gershwin Songs, for piano 1973 18:34 Keyboard
Improvisation on Fauré's "Après un rêve", for piano 1992 02:48 Keyboard
Hommage à Poulenc, for piano (after the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Partita No. 1) 1995 07:12 Keyboard
Piano Sonata 2000 19:09 Keyboard
Liza, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs) 1973 03:14 Keyboard
Oh, Lady Be Good, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs) 1973 03:44 Keyboard
I Got Rhythm, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs) 1973 02:18 Keyboard
Variations on an American Theme, for piano & orchestra ("Doo-Dah Variations") 1992 25:51 Concerto
Somebody Loves Me, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs) 1973 02:58 Keyboard
Improvisation in the Form of a Theme and Three Variations on "Someone to watch over me", for piano 1989 13:18 Keyboard
Fascinatin' Rhythm, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs) 1973 01:41 Keyboard
The Man I Love, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs) 1973 03:02 Keyboard
Embraceable You, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs) 1973 03:08 Keyboard
Larghetto from Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, transcription for piano 1985 09:30 Keyboard
Adagio, for piano (after Marcello's Oboe Concerto) 2002 04:24 Keyboard
In the Silent Night, song transcription for piano (after Rachmaninov) 1981 02:54 Keyboard
Floods of Spring, song transcription for piano (after Rachmaninov) 1981 04:27 Keyboard
Midsummer Nights, song transcription for piano (after Rachmaninov) 1981 02:54 Keyboard
Reminiscences of Snow White, for piano (after F. Churchill) 1995 08:02 Keyboard
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