Dates: 24 June 1840 – 17 May 1884
Period/Era/Style: Late Romantic-era
Brassin was a Belgian pianist, composer and music educator. He is best known now for his piano transcription of the Magic Fire Music from Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Brassin’s piano transcription of the Magic Fire Music from Wagner’s Die Walküre was long a concert favourite, and has been recorded many times. His other Wagner transcriptions from the Ring Cycle were: Valhalla, Siegmund’s Love Song, Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre), and Forest Murmurs (Siegfried). Pianists who have recorded these pieces include Josef Hofmann, Ignaz Friedman, Isador Goodman, Michael Ponti, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Denis Plutalov and Severin von Eckardstein.
He also transcribed:
- J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
- ‘The Soldiers’ Chorus’ from Gounod’s “Faust”
- 3 pieces after Domenico Scarlatti.
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