KARL ROBERT LEAF
Roderich Bass was born in 1873 in Pardubitz (now Pardubice, Czech Republic) and died in Vienna in 1933. A pianist and composer of short, salon piano pieces (mostly published by Bosworth and Eberle), he was a colleague and friend of pianist Walter Rehberg (1900- 1957). Swiss pianist Rehberg received his first piano instruction from his father Willy Rehberg (1863-1937). In Germany he continued his studies with Toch and d’Albert. In his younger years Rehberg performed concert cycles devoted to the history of the piano sonata, or of chromatic piano literature, or of the complete piano works of Brahms. He taught at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, and after 1934 at the Music Academy of Zürich and the Music School in Winterthur. After the war Rehberg devoted himself to teaching, composing, editing and writing books with his wife, Paula Rehberg. Bass’s rarely heard “Voice of Spring” – Concert Paraphase on the B major Waltz by Strauss, Op. 410, was recorded by Rehberg in Germany in 1930 on a Bechstein concert grand.