About the Wittgenstein Project

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Apart from the well-known piano concertos for the left hand, a lot of chamber music has been composed for Paul Wittgenstein, the pianist that left his right arm on the battlefield of the First World War. Much of this chamber music is still in private possession, but after elaborate research we have managed to find scores - many of them handwritten - from all remote corners of Wittgenstein’s world. There is a wealth of material we are currently studying and we notice how full and rich that music can be with a one-handed piano part while retaining a transparent sound. Many pieces were hardly ever played after Wittgenstein premiered them, and have never been recorded.

We are going to compile various concert programs in which we will perform the music and tell the story as well. Our first programme in the Wittgenstein Project will be "Wien bleibt Wien”, in which we focus on the Viennese musical life of the 19th century.

In a later programme we will zoom in on the figure of Paul Wittgenstein, with compositions of personal friends, mostly works that are completely undeservedly gathering dust on a bookshelf instead of sounding in concert halls.

Audio-visual versions of our programmes with live projections will be available also. We aim to release the most valuable musical treasures on cd.

More information? Check this site (it will gain weight in the next months), write us a message, or keep in touch on  Facebook.

By telephone you can reach us at: 

+31650278882 (Michiel Weidner)

+31613344717‬ (Folke Nauta)

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