Richard Buhlig

Richard Moritz Buhlig (December 21, 1880 – January 30, 1952) was an American pianist.

Buhlig was born in Chicago to a German immigrant father from Saxony, the baker Moritz Buhlig, and his wife Louise. He received early lessons from August Hyllested, Wilhelm Middelschulte and Margaret Cameron, who had studied with the legendary Teodor Leszetycki. In 1897, 16-year-old Buhlig moved to Vienna to study with Teodor Leszetycki himself. Upon completing his studies in 1900, he gave his first public concert in 1901 in Berlin, and toured extensively in Europe until late 1906. He lived in Berlin until May 1916, where he tutored pupils privately, among others Grete Sultan and Grete Trakl, the sister of the Austrian poet Georg Trakl.
In 1907 Buhlig made his first mature American debut, with the Philadelphia Orchestra in New York City. In 1918 Buhlig joined the staff of the Juilliard School (then called "Institute of Musical Art") in New York as a piano teacher: he gave recitals of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert and Schumann (with emphasis on Beethoven). However, he soon left the position and went to Europe again. Some years later he returned to the US and settled in Los Angeles, dividing his time between teaching and performing. He died in Los Angeles.

As a pianist, Buhlig was highly regarded for his performances of Bach (particularly the two piano transcription of The Art of Fugue he made and performed), late Beethoven and Brahms. However, much of his repertoire was contemporary or near-contemporary music. He gave the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg's Op. 11 and performed pieces by other European modernists such as Ferruccio Busoni, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Claude Debussy. He also played music by new composers: Ruth Crawford and Adolf Weiss among others. In the 1920s he began playing Henry Cowell (whom he also taught) and his circle. In early 1930s Buhlig tutored John Cage: it was he who advised Cage to study with Schoenberg. The German pianist Grete Sultan, mentor to Christian Wolff and friend to Cage (whom she had met in 1946 through Buhlig), had studied under Buhlig in early 1900s - they became lifelong friends.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21st, 1880 (Chicago), Died January 30th, 1952 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-97115 10-in. 11/18/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-97116 10-in. 11/18/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-97117 10-in. 11/18/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97142 12-in. 11/27/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97143 12-in. 11/27/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-97159 10-in. 12/12/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-97160 10-in. 12/12/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-97161 10-in. 12/12/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-97162 10-in. 12/12/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Victor PBS-97163 10-in. 12/12/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97191 12-in. 12/23/1935 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-97224 10-in. 1/9/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97243 12-in. 1/16/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97244 12-in. 1/16/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97245 12-in. 1/16/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97248 12-in. 1/17/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97249 12-in. 1/17/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97250 12-in. 1/17/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97251 12-in. 1/20/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97262 12-in. 1/23/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97263 12-in. 1/23/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97264 12-in. Jan. 1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97265 12-in. 1/24/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97266 12-in. 1/24/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCS-97267 12-in. 1/27/1936 Die Kunst der Fuge. 1750 Richard Buhlig ; Wesley Kuhnle Piano duet arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Buhlig, Richard," accessed November 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109447.

Buhlig, Richard. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109447.

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