From Beethoven to Rubinstein: The Legacy of a Great Teacher

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We all remember a great teacher - one that instilled in us as passion for our favourite subject or inspired us to achieve our goals and dreams. The legacy of a truly wonderful teacher is subsequenty generations who pass on their knowledge from one to another.


It seems that Ludwig Van Beethoven must have been as good a teacher as a composer, for his legacy takes us right through to celebrated 20th century pianist and child prodigy Arthur Rubinstein. The legacy goes like this:


Following his debut in 1900 at just thirteen years old, Arthur Rubinstein went to study with Karl Heinrich Barth, a noted German pianist and pedagogue. Barth himself had been taught by virtuoso pianist and composer Franz Liszt, a former pupil of Carl Czerny, Austrian pianist, composer and teacher best known today for his études for piano. Czerny himself had been the pupil of none other than Ludwig Van Beethoven who had been so impressed by the little 10 year old's performance of his Pathétique Sonata that he took him on as a student.

So there you have it - no wonder Arthur Rubinstein interprets Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 in masterful form on this recording, also featuring his rendition of Saint-Saen's Piano Concerto no. 2.

Find out about another incredible pianist performing in the 20th century, Vladimir Horowitz, with in our article 'Horowitz, Octaves, and The Case of Chopin's Scherzo in B Minor'. Discover more of Beethoven with our feature on his Pastoral Symphony, or click here to delve into the history of the concerto.