Presented at the Grieg Conference in Copenhagen August 12, 2011
Dr. Andrew Adams and Dr. Bradley Martin, USA
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
The Life and Works of Edmund Neupert (1842-1888)
Edmund Neupert was a highly respected virtuoso pianist in Europe and the United States, was the composer of nearly two hundred piano pieces, was a noted piano pedagogue, and was the dedicatee of one of the most famous masterworks in the piano literature. But despite being a historical figure whose achievements should have inspired significant research and publication, his biography is not included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, only one article in English has been devoted to his life (published in an obscure periodical in 1953), none of his piano pieces are in print as of August 2011, and none of his works have ever been recorded by a major concert artist. For these reasons, Edmund Neupert truly is a forgotten Romantic.
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Paper Adams and Martin 2011