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Wilhelm Backhaus
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Born: March 26, 1884

Died: July 5, 1969 (aged 85)

Nationality: German

Occupation: Musician

Bio: Wilhelm Backhaus was a German pianist and pedagogue. He was particularly well known for his interpretations of Beethoven and romantic music such as that by Brahms. He was also much admired as a chamber musician. One of the reasons for his unique sound is his choice of a Bösendorfer piano for his performances and recordings, as opposed to the more common use of Steinway pianos.

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