Carl Tausig was born at Warsaw, November 4, 1841, and died at Leipsic, July 17, 1871.
After studying piano with his father he became the most brilliant of the Liszt pupils at Weimar, where his fellow students included Bulow, Bronsart, Klindworth, Pruckner, Cornelius, Joachim (concert meister), Raff and a host of brilliant musicians.
He made his Berlin debut in 1858, and his technical ability caused great excitement, though his lack of restraint occasioned some criticism.
After giving concerts in various German cities he went, in 1862, to reside in Vienna. Here he attempted to repeat what Bulow was doing in Berlin – to give orchestral concerts of a very “advanced” type – but without success.
For a time he lived in comparative retirement, but in 1865 he married, and settled in Berlin.
Opinion to his genius was now unanimous.
Added to his phenomenal skill was the authority and restraint of a scholar and a master.
Though he was highly gifted as a composer, he was able to create but little during his short life.
His remarkable arrangements of Schubert, J. Strauss and other composers are still often found on the concert programs, and his Daily Exercises are the forerunners of all virtuoso technical studies.
The Tausig-Clementi Gradus ad parnassum is of inestimable value to piano students.