Stavenhagen, Bernhard. (1862-1914)
Original photograph of the German pianist, composer, and conductor, one of the most celebrated students of Franz Liszt. Photographed by C. Brasch of Berlin and trimmed from a cabinet card into an oval shape. Somewhat unevenly trimmed, but the image itself in fine condition. 3.5 x 5 inches (9 x 13 cm).
Stavenhagen studied and toured with Liszt between 1885 and 1886, at the end of the great pianist's life. After Liszt's death, Stavenhagen embarked on a ten-year series of piano concert tours in Europe and to North America. He fulfilled conducting appointments in Weimar, where he was appointed court Kapellmeister, and conducted Weimar premieres of six new operas in eighteen months. He conducted premieres of works by composers ranging from Richard Strauss, Hans Pfitzner and Gustav Mahler to Arnold Schoenberg, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. He also edited many of Liszt's works for piano.