Classical Spotlight

Cornelius Gurlitt: Biography

By Elaine Schmidt

Cornelius Gurlitt was a man in the right place at the right time. As a composer of piano music who was most noted for his miniatures, or character pieces, he had the great good fortune to live during the era in which the piano became the most popular form of home entertainment and the public appetite for piano music could not be satisfied.…


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Gurlitt: Grandfather’s Birthday from Albumleaves for the Young, Op. 101, No. 13

By Margaret Otwell

A short celebratory work, “Grandfather’s Birthday” is set in E-flat major, a key not often used in books for novice students, which makes it a very useful teaching piece.…