Famed musician Daniel Chorzempa passed away this week at the age of 87.
Chorzempa was one of the world's leading organists and piano players, known for his renditions of some of the top classical recordings of the past generation.
Muere a los 78 años el organista estadounidense Daniel Chorzempa https://t.co/MIqSFgyHIT pic.twitter.com/rK5ug0WHqL
— Prima la Música (@Prima_lamusica) March 30, 2023
"Honored by numerous awards, in 2018 he was elected Academician of Honor of the Academy of Design Arts," according to La Nazione.
"Chorzempa was born in Minneapolis on December 7, 1944, starting to study piano from the age of four, violin at seven and organ at twelve," it continued.
"He earned his Ph.D. in musicology and Renaissance studies from the University of Minnesota. He had specialized in composition, piano and organ at the Cologne Musikhochschule. His career began with a concert in England," it added.
RIP Daniel Chorzempa (December 7, 1944 – March 25, 2023). Your recordings have inspired and formed me for years.
This is easily among the very best interpretations of Widor's Toccata. https://t.co/ZLnpFtalEW
— Richard Grablin (@RichardGrablin) March 29, 2023
"This artist has become widely known in Europe thanks to his discographic recordings for the Philips label: Complete Concerti by Handel for organ and orchestra, several albums devoted to Bach on historical instruments from Holland and two recordings on the organ of Saint -Sernin from Toulouse with works by Vierne and Widor which remain references," Remusica stated.
"Daniel Chorzempa was also a harpsichordist and pianist. He recorded Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and several Beethoven Sonatas," it added.
Décès de l’organiste Daniel Chorzempa https://t.co/Vro9OVLRcK pic.twitter.com/71RJfFd3LO
— ResMusica (@ResMusica) March 29, 2023
He was responsible for numerous recordings, including some of the best-known recorded pieces by J.S. Bach on organ.
Some of his organ recordings of Bach included: Prelude & Fugues BWV 537, 538, 541, Toccata 566; Toccata & Fugues BWV 565, Prelude & Fugue 529, 552; Vivaldi Concerti BWV 593, 594, 596, Fugue 579; and 6 Trio Sonatas
"His performances as keyboard soloist on all five keyboard instruments (piano, clavichord, harpsichord, fortepiano and organ) as well as his conducting engagements have been acclaimed internationally and his recordings have been awarded international prizes," according to his personal website.
The loss of the musician is the end of life committed to the enduring music of the past played for those who appreciated classical music. Fans of Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Wagner and other classic composers will miss the ability to listen to Chorzempa's live performances but will continue to appreciate his art for years to come through his numerous classical recordings.