Well Worth Exploring
Chamber music by
Franz Mittler -
heard by the late
'Both string performers ... prove excellent advocates for this full-blooded music.'
As an aspiring nine-year-old Viennese violinist Franz Mittler performed Schubert's Sonatina in D with seven-year-old pianist Clara Haskil. Two years later he switched to the piano and virtuoso teacher Theodor Leschetizky.
His First String Quartet in F (1909) was premiered in 1909 by the Prill Quartet — the group which first performed Hugo Wolf's String Quartet in D (1903) and Béla Bartók's Piano Quintet (1903-4), DD 77, BB 33.
Mittler studied theory with Joseph Labor (a tutor of Schoenberg) and composition with a variety of men teaching neo-Brahmsian style in both Vienna and Cologne...
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Estate of the late Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand