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Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed #2373024
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Pianist Frank Glazer - Artist in Residence at Bates College, Lewiston Maine
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It is with sadness that I must report that Frank Glazer has passed.
http://www.bates.edu/music/faculty/frank-glazer/
An amazing man and wonderful pianist who kept performing all his life.
He recently gave a concert in Boston to celebrate his 99th birthday.

Kathy and I had the great pleasure of meeting Frank a couple of times over the past couple of years. A gentleman of great talent, full of energy and enthusiasm for music and for life.

The following is from his nephew, Geoffrey Gevalt who has been constantly at Frank's side.
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"Friends and Family of Frank Glazer


Frank Glazer is now with Ruth.


He died peacefully, quietly, almost imperceptibly at 1:35 a.m. Joyce and I were here. But so were you. Your words of love had such a profoundly wonderful impact on him in his last few days.


We are all so sad. But try to see him, dark, perfectly pressed suit, shocking white, neatly brushed hair, as he makes his way across the stage to the corner of the piano, as he takes his bow, turns, sits, adjusts himself, puts on his glasses, perhaps gives a little cough, and begins to play ...


He has left us so much.


Take care all of you. I'll update you over the next few days with news of what's next, a celebration most likely but not for a while. A burial of his ashes will be small and private; and we will make sure he is as close as physically possible to Ruth at the Kezar Falls Cemetery.

In the meantime, share the news, share stories and laughs, appreciate this fine man in your own way and appreciate how much he meant to all of us"
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Re: Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed [Re: Piano World] #2373094
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I'd never heard of Mr. Glazer until reading this thread.

What an AMAZING man and musician !!

There are several recordings of his work on youtube.

Copland - Piano Variations (certainly one of the best renditions I've come across)

http://youtu.be/f7U8eYH0Juw

Other videos......

http://youtu.be/f7U8eYH0Juw

http://youtu.be/f7U8eYH0Juw (recorded last May !!)

http://youtu.be/H7jWGYkoWSM (Master Class he gave two years ago)












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Re: Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed [Re: Piano World] #2373117
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Now that's a life to celebrate. 99 years! We all go eventually and it leaves the ones left behind sad, but I'm happy for the man and his life. Bravo Mr. Glazer.

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Re: Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed [Re: Ralph] #2373274
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That is sad news. I heard him play two years ago at a local university where one of his former students is the head of the piano department. He was fantastic and such a wonderful person too.


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Re: Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed [Re: Piano World] #2373494
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Nice article in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald...


As a courtesy, the pianist Frank Glazer brought up the subject of retirement a few weeks ago. With his 100th birthday on the horizon in February, he felt he should at least discuss the possibility of stepping down as artist-in-residence at Bates College.

But his heart wasn't in the conversation, recalled his Bates music department colleague, James Parakilas.
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"He didnít want to retire, and we didn't want him to," Parakilas said Tuesday. "But Frank felt he should bring it up."

Glazer died early Tuesday morning at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick. He had been hospitalized in recent weeks and suffered congestive heart failure, Parakilas said.

Glazer was among Maine's best known classical musicians, thanks to an aggressive performance schedule and his commitment to teaching. He was known as a master technician, whose artistry emerged in his interpretation of works by Schubert, Liszt and Brahms.

"He played with the strength and virtuosity of a man half his age or a third his age, but with the experience of a man 99 years old," former student Duncan Cumming said. "Technically, you can't take anything away from him. He just got better and better and better, because he worked at it for so much longer than anyone in the history of the world."

In addition to performing regularly at Bates, Glazer played piano recitals across Maine. His last performance in Portland was Oct. 2 at the Noonday Concert Series at First Parish Church. Glazer's late wife, Ruth, founded the series, which is administered by the Portland Conservatory of Music.

"He was a consummate artist, even into his late 90s," conservatory director Mark Tipton said. "He was able to play with such skill and agility and with the depth of understanding that I have heard in few pianists in my life."

Glazer learned to play the piano at his sister's side growing up in Wisconsin. He took music lessons in Milwaukee public schools. After high school, he secured the money to travel to Germany to study with master pianist Arthur Schnabel. He later followed Schnabel to Italy. He made his New York debut in 1936 and debuted with the Boston Symphony in 1939.

Glazer remained active until the final weeks of his life.

"His physical presence changed over the years," Parakilas said, "but his playing remained unbelievable. He was so fast and spectacular. What happened over the years ó he didn't have the strength and speed that he had when he was younger, but instead there was a kind of translucence to his playing where you could hear everything. The message of the music came out with a kind of simplicity that was unmistakable."

Glazer's long career might be explained by his own research. After World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army as an interpreter, Glazer studied human anatomy with an eye on ergonomics. He knew that if he attacked the piano with an overly physical performance, his career would last only as long as he maintained his physical abilities.

For the rest of this article...

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/13/maine-pianist-frank-glazer-dies-at-99/


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Re: Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed [Re: Piano World] #2373734
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Oh I'm deeply sorry to hear this. The Press Herald article is very nice. I've seen Frank Glazer play numerous times, the last time being that October 2 noonday concert. His presence and playing were transporting, and very inspiring to me--especially that day, maybe because the noonday concerts feel so intimate and I could watch his every move close-up. He was mesmerizing. He will be sorely missed.


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Re: Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed [Re: Piano World] #2374479
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Sad news.........Nice article in the newspaper. I can imagine the disappointment of his family and friends that he could not celebrate his hundreth anniversary behind a piano. I believe, in the house of the Lord there are many rooms and there will be much music, RIP.

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Re: Sad News - Pianist Frank Glazer has Passed [Re: Piano World] #2374656
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Our local classical music blogger made this his daily feature today, with comments from Tim Farley, owner of Farley's Pianos. Mr. Glazer performed several times there over the years, and I was privileged to hear, as it turns out, his last concert here in Madison, WI. It was particularly interesting for me to see firsthand his calculated approach to conserve energy, such that a satisfying musical statement could be achieved within the physical limitations of advanced age. And, when I reviewed the breadth of works that Mr. Glazer performed over the years here, it is truly an astonishing cumulative legacy. Requiescant in pace, Frank Glazer!

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I didn't know who he was, but thank you for bringing this to attention. What a long life he lived, and I will read up more about him. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

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RIP. What an excellent pianist. His Satie on youtube is very good.


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