Friedrich Wuehrer

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Friedrich Wührer (born June 29, 1900 in Vienna , † December 27, 1975 in Mannheim ) was a German-Austrian pianist and piano teacher.


After Wuhrer at the Music Academy of Vienna in 1915-1920 Franz Schmidt piano in Ferdinand Lion Conducting and Joseph Marx had studied music theory, he started early, a pianist career that led him through almost all continents. He was particularly interested in the music of the Romantic and Late Romantic periods. He was probably the first to record Schubert's entire piano works for record. A friendly relationship with the older generation connected him - relatively briefly - with Max Reger and - much longer - with Hans Pfitzner ; the latter dedicated his Six Studies for the Pianoforte Op. 51 (1943) to him.

His contemporary repertoire also included works by Bartók , Stravinsky , Prokofiev and Hindemith . In the twenties he appeared more often in concerts of the Schönberg circle, for example in 1923 with Schönberg's George -Lieder op.15, in 1924 at a performance of Pierrot Lunaire in Barcelona , where Wührer took over the piano part in place of Eduard Steuermann , or in 1925 with Webern's pieces for cello and piano op.11.

Together with the cellist Joachim Stutschewsky , Wührer founded the Wiener Duo , together with the violinist Karl Doktor (1885–1949) and the cellist Hermann Busch the Wiener Trio , which existed until 1933.

Wührer worked as a piano teacher in Vienna, Mannheim (1934), Kiel (1936) and most recently in Munich . In addition, he led masterclasses at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Wührer is mentioned in Thomas Bernhard's novel Der Untergeher (1983).


  • Masterpieces of piano music . Introduction and explanations by an artist. Heinrichshofen's Verlag, Wilhelmshaven 1966
Editions and adaptations
  • Chopin Studies
  • Old Masters
  • Works by Franz Schmidt :
    • Concert Variations on a Theme by Beethoven for piano (left hand alone) and orchestra (1923) - two-handed version (1952)
    • Piano Concerto in E flat major (for left hand alone; 1934) - two-handed version (1952)


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