Embraceable You is just one of some many beautiful songs composed by George Gershwin. However, Earl Wild, one of America’s greatest. George Gershwin – Lullaby () – piano solo. Piano transcription by Alicia Zizzo of Gershwin’s string quartet arrangement; piano soloFull description. by Earl Wild. on Wild About Gershwin Wild-Gershwin Virtuoso Etude No.3 Embracable You. Gershwin ‘Embraceable You’ Yeol Eum Son, Myung Whun Chung.

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Royland Earl Wild [1] was born in PittsburghPennsylvaniain As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition.

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RooseveltHarry S. TrumanGersuwin D. EisenhowerJohn F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnsonalso invited him to play for them, and Wild remains the only pianist to have played for six consecutive presidents.

Inhe became the first pianist to perform a recital on U. Wild later recalled that the small studio became so hot under the bright lights that the ivory piano keys started to warp. InArturo Toscanini invited him for yu performance of Gershwin ‘s Rhapsody in Bluewhich was, for Wild, a resounding success, although Toscanini himself has been criticized for not understanding the jazz idiom in which Gershwin wrote. He often travelled with Eleanor Gersshwin while she toured the United States supporting the war effort.


Wild’s duty was to perform the national anthem on the piano before she spoke.

Earl Wild – Gershwin Etude 4.Embraceable You (Piano)

A few years after the war he moved to the newly formed American Broadcasting Company ABC as a staff pianist, conductor and composer until He performed many embeaceable for the Peabody Mason Concert series in Boston, in[4][5] and and three concerts of Liszt in Wild created numerous virtuoso solo piano transcriptions: His Grand Fantasy on Airs from Porgy and Bessthe first extended piano paraphrase on an American opera, was recorded in and had its concert premiere in Pasadena on December 17, He also wrote a number of original works.

These included a large-scale Easter oratorio, Revelationsthe choral work The Turquoise Horseand the Doo-Dah Variationson a theme by Stephen Fosterfor piano and orchestra.

Later in his career, Wild recorded for Ivory Classics. When, over 40 years later, Erich Leinsdorf asked Wild to record the concerto, he was able to say “I’ve been waiting qild the phone for forty years for someone to ask me to play this”.


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In he was the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet. Wild, who was openly gay[12] lived in Columbus, Ohioand Embaceable Springs, California[13] with his domestic partner of 38 years, Michael Rolland Davis. He was also an atheist.

Schonberg called him a “super-virtuoso in the Horowitz class”.

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