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Walter Hautzig and Other Cherished Musical Mentors

There are many kinds of music teachers, but the most memorable seem to be either the beloved saints or the abusive nightmares. On October 2, one of the former, Vienna-born pianist Walter Hautzig, who will be 90 on September 28, will be honored with a concert at New York’s Steinway Hall, as well as with an updated recent reprint of his 2009 memoir, “Playing Around the World: A Pianist Remembers” from Thompson Edition.

Friendly and digressive, “Playing Around the World” complements a soberly didactic 2008 tribute from Edwin Mellen Press, The Piano Teaching of Walter Hautzig, With 613 Examples From Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin by Lynn Rice-See. CD collectors are familiar with Hautzig’s albums, such as “My Favorite Encores” from Americus, as well as other CDs devoted to Schubert and Beethoven.

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