Ossip Gabrilowitsch in 1917
Ossip Gabrilowitsch (Осип Сoломонович Габрилович, Osip Solomonovich Gabrilovich; he used the German transliteration Gabrilowitsch in the West) (7 February [O.S. 26 January] 1878 – 14 September 1936) was a Russian-born American pianist, conductor and composer.
Ossip Gabrilowitsch was born in Saint Petersburg. He studied the piano and composition at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, with Anton Rubinstein, Anatoly Lyadov, Alexander Glazunov and Nikolai Medtner among others. After graduating in 1894, he spent two years studying piano with Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna.
In July 1905 he recorded ten pieces for the Welte-Mignon reproducing piano, one of the first pianists to do so.
On 6 October 1909, he married Mark Twain's daughter Clara Clemens, a singer who appeared with him in recital. On 18 August 1910, their only child, Nina, was born at Mark Twain's home in Stormfield, Connecticut. Nina, the last known lineal descendant of Mark Twain, died on 16 January 1966 in a Los Angeles hotel. She had been a heavy drinker, and bottles of pills and alcohol were found in her room. Her death was ruled a suicide. 
From 1910 to 1914, he was conductor of the Munich Konzertverein (later known as the Munich Philharmonic). At the oubreak of World War I, he was put in jail following a pogrom. Through the intervention of the nuncio to Bavaria, Archbishop Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII), Gabrilowitsch was freed from jail, and then he headed to the United States via Zürich in August 1914.
He settled in the US, and was offered the post of conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In declining, he recommended that the Boston board appoint the recently arrived Sergei Rachmaninoff. In 1918 he was appointed the founding director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, while still maintaining his life as a concert pianist. Before accepting the conductor's position, he demanded a new auditorium be built, and this was the impetus for the building of Orchestra Hall.
Gabrilowitsch composed a few works, primarily short piano pieces for his own use. He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.
He died from stomach cancer on September 14, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. He is buried in the Langdon plot of the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York.
- 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 1
- No. 3 Valse lente (c. 1897)
- Gavotte in D minor, Op. 2
- Compositions for the piano, Op. 3
- No. 1 Caprice Burlesque (ca 1901)
- No. 2 Mazurka Mélancolique
- Thème varié pour piano, Op. 4
- Mélodie, Op. 8, No.1
- La Czarina, Mazurka Russe (The Tsarina, Russian Mazurka)
- Three Songs, Op. 11:
- Two Piano Pieces, Op. 12
- No. 1 Elegy
- No. 2 Etude for the left hand
- Near to thee ... [Song] Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, English version by Clara Clemens (ca. 1924)
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- ^ Mark Twain Online
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- ^ Delta Omicron National Patrons and Patronesses
- ^ Mark Twain Online - Clara Clemens
Chopin / Ossip Gabrilowitsch, 1905: Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33, No. 4
In this performance dating from 1905, Ossip Gabrilowitsch (1878-1936) performs Chopin's Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33, No. 4. The music you hear was recorded ...
Ossip Gabrilowitsch plays Arensky "Près de la mer"
from Six Esquisses for piano, Op. 52 No. 4 rec. 1925.
Ossip Gabrilowitsch : Feuillet d'Album , Op. 2 No. 3
The Russian composer Ossip Gabrilowitsch ((Осип Сoломонович Габрилович , Osip Solomonovich Gabrilovich , 1878-1936) studied at the St Petersburg ...
Ossip Gabrilowitsch plays a selection of his own compositions,Schumann and various other composers
He was a pupil of the great Leschetitsky and I think he s one of my favourite pianists.
Schumann Bunte Blatter Op.99 No 9 Gabrilowitsch Rec.1924
Schumann Bunte Blatter Op.99 No.9 (Novelette) Ossip Gabrilowitsch was born in St. Petersburg (Russia) on January 26,1878. He was a pupil of Anton ...
Chabrier: España - Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Detroit Symphony
Recorded 4/16/1928 Emmanuel Chabrier (January 18, 1841 -- September 13, 1894) was a French Romantic composer and pianist. Although known primarily for ...
Schubert: MOMENT MUSICAUX op. 94 Nr. 2, gespielt von Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) MOMENT MUSICAUX Op. 94 Nr. 2 Gespielt von Ossip Gabrilowitsch (1878 - 1936) Notenrolle der Firma HUPFELD, Leipzig (um ...
Ossip Gabrilowitsch plays Glazunov Gavotte Op. 49 No. 3
A. Dvořák: HUMORESKE, gespielt von Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904) HUMORESKE op. 101, Nr. 7 Gespielt von Ossip Gabrilowitsch (1878 - 1936) Notenrolle "ANIMATIC T" der Firma HUPFELD, ...
Ossip Gabrilowitsch plays Bach Bouree arr.Saint-Saens
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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:14:33 -0700
In 1908, aged 34, she went for a sleigh ride with Russian pianist Ossip Gabrilowitsch. The horse took fright and the sleigh overturned. Gabrilowitsch leapt to the ground and prevented the horse from bolting 18 metres down a slope, dragging with it ...
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:39:04 -0800
... who was visiting Twain's gravesite over the holiday weekend left a voicemail on the cemetery office's telephone saying the plaque was missing from the 12-foot high granite monument that commemorates both Twain and his son-in-law Ossip Gabrilowitsch.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:24:03 -0700
In 1937, 27 years after Twain's death, Twain's daughter, Clara, commissioned the plaques of her father and her late husband, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, a concert pianist and conductor who was key in the founding of the Detroit Symphony . The latter plaque ...
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:38:00 -0800
The other plaque, of Clara's husband, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, a concert pianist and conductor who was key in the founding of the Detroit Symphony, was untouched. City police believe the plaque was taken sometime in mid-December. Woodlawn Cemetery ...
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:22:30 -0700
In 1937, 27 years after Twain's death, Twain's daughter, Clara, commissioned the plaques of her father and her late husband, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, a concert pianist and conductor who was key in the founding of the Detroit Symphony. The latter plaque was ...
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:07:30 -0700
The other plaque, of Twain's son-in-law, musician Ossip Gabrilowitsch, was untouched. The plaque showed visible damage to a bottom edge and two mounting posts on its back. The Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery said they have arranged for Fred Crusade ...
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:26:15 -0800
The other plaque, of Clara's husband, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, was untouched. The disappearance of the Twain plaque was not a random act of vandalism, said Elmira history buff Jim Hare, who is a member of the Friends of Woodlawn. "Somebody had to bring ...
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:34:52 -0800
A monument at the site commemorates both Twain and Ossip Gabrilowitsch, husband of Twain's daughter Clara. His likeness is also attached to the monument stone, but only Twain's profile was removed. The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and ...
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