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Georges Cziffra (Composer)
Born: 5th November 1921, Budapest, Hungary
Died: 15th January 1994, Senlis, France
György Cziffra also known as Georges Cziffra and George Cziffra, was a Hungarian-French virtuoso pianist and composer. He is considered to be one of the greatest virtuoso pianists of the twentieth century. Among his teachers was István Thomán, who was a favourite pupil of Franz Liszt.
He became a French citizen in 1968. Cziffra is known for his recordings of works of Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann, and also for his technically demanding arrangements of several orchestral works for the piano, including Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee and Johann Strauss II's The Blue Danube.
Cziffra left a sizeable body of recordings. In recent years, dozens of private recordings from various sources have surfaced online, on YouTube.
All Works: Cziffra
- Concert paraphrase on themes from Der Zigeunerbaron (Strauss) (1)
- Concert paraphrase on themes from Die Fledermaus (Strauss) (1)
- Fantaisie Roumaine (2)
- Improvisation on 'Le pont d'Avignon' (1)
- Improvisations on Guillaume Tell (Rossini) (3)
- Improvisations on Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms) (1)
- Improvisations on The Blue Danube (Strauss) (2)
- Improvisations on The flight of the bumble bee (Rimsky-Korsakov) (1)
- Improvisations on Tritsch Tratsch Polka (Strauss) (2)
- Improvisations on Valse Triste (Vecsey) (1)
- Réminiscences de Johann Strauss (3)
- Transcription on An der schoenen blauen Donau (1)
- Transcription on Il Trovatore (1)