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Understanding the Genealogy Trees

The Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees are designed in such a way that will make their understanding easy. Within just a few moments looking at them it will be possible to visualize where the traditions come from and where they branch out towards.

Layout: Broadly speaking, the traditions are arranged from top to bottom, in a vertical way, following an easy-flowing downward motion via lines, dotted lines and arrows.  

Colors: Since there are many names, boxes and lines in each genealogy tree, different colors have been assigned to each individual generation in order to make them more easily understandable. For example, in the Franz Liszt Tradition, the chain would be as follows:

  • The box for Franz Liszt will appear in red.
  • The teachers of Liszt will appear in white boxes.
  • The students of Liszt will appear in blue boxes.
  • The chain continues in orange, yellow, green, pink and purple boxes for subsequent students and students of students, etc.
  • Other teachers of Liszt´s students will also appear in white.
  • References to other Piano Traditions will appear in gray.

Lines: Lines make the connections between teachers, students and traditions. Dotted lines are used only to avoid making the trees too crowded and to facilitate their visualization.

Dates, country of origin and citizenship: Birth and death dates are provided as well as nationalities. In many instances, more than one citizenship is given. In these cases, the first country indicates the country of birth and the subsequent indicate acquired citizenships. All dates are given using the Gregorian Calendar or New Style. For more specific dates, go to the specific Article featuring the pianists´ biographies.  

Piano Traditions: In order to avoid creating too large a genealogy, when a particular pianist had a significant number of noteworthy students, his or her box will be linked to a separate Piano Tradition with its own Genealogy Tree and Article.

Other considerations: In some instances, we have included musicians who were not pianists, but composers, organists, writers, critics, conductors or teachers because they were worth mentioning for their careers and influence. If they stem out from different lineages, pianists will appear in more than one box within the same piano tradition. If they were taught by different teachers, pianists will be linked to more than one box. It is necessary to bear in mind that the length of time of study of each pianist with a particular teacher varies greatly in every case. We included all the names worth mentioning for the repercussion they had or just out of mere curiosity.

Errors: If you encounter a mistake or some dubious information, please let us know. We would frankly appreciate it and do everything possible to correct the information and double-check all the data we provided.


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