| Scottish, American|
| 3 March 1886Glasgow|
Classical music pianist, composer and teacher
March 16, 1967, New York City, New York, United States
Music for the piano, The Principles of Pianoforte Practice
James Friskin Wikipedia
James Friskin (3 March 1886 in Glasgow – 16 March 1967 in New York City) was a Scottish-born pianist, composer and music teacher who relocated to the United States in 1914.
Friskin studied at the Royal College of Music under Edward Dannreuther (for composition) and under Charles Villiers Stanford (for piano). After completing his studies, from 1909 to 1914 he taught at the Royal Normal College for the Blind. In 1914, he immigrated to the United States, where he taught at the Institute of Musical Arts. He was an original faculty member of the Juilliard Graduate School, and continued teaching there until his death.
He and the English-born composer and violist Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979) married in New York City in 1944.
In 1925, he was the first pianist to perform J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in the United States. He recorded that work in 1956. In 1934, he performed both books of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in two recitals in New York.
His obituarist in The New York Times wrote, "he became known as a Bach specialist long before others began specializing in baroque composers", and "he doesn't exaggerate or distort the music and plays Bach in a way that goes to the heart of the music. Friskin was not pedantic in his approach to Bach. Nor was he overly Romantic, an accusation that has been levelled at some of his more famous contemporaries."
These include:Ballade in C major for piano
Cello Sonata in F major
Elegy for viola or clarinet and piano (1912)
Impromptu for cello and piano
Nocturne in E flat for piano
Phantasy for string quartet, winner of a Cobbett Prize in 1906
Phantasy for piano trio in E minor
Phantasy Quintet (for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello) (1910 or 1912)
Piano Quartet in G minor
Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1 (1907)
Romance for cello and piano
Romance for violin and piano
Scherzo for cello and piano
Sonata for piano in A minor
Suite in D minor
Three Pieces for piano
Three Sacred Motets for unaccompanied five-part chorus
Violin Sonata in G major
Friskin, James (7 August 2014) . The Principles of Pianoforte Practice. Literary Licensing, LLC. ISBN 978-1498169189.
Friskin, James; Freundlich, Irwin (17 February 2011) . Music for the Piano: A Handbook of Concert and Teaching Material from 1580 to 1952 (Revised ed.). Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0486229188.