Tausig, Karl

BORN 4 Nov 1841, Warschau - DIED 17 Jul 1871, Leipzig, Sachsen
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Mehringdamm 21 (Halleschen Tor), Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Karl Tausig was regarded as the most talented pupil of Franz Liszt (1855-1859), who after receiving him had stated that he was óne in a thousand'. As a pianist he was admired by Anton Rubinstein and Hans von Bülow. His behaviour wasn't always impeccable and at a certain moment Liszt sent him to Wagner for a while. The childless Wagner wrote that he rapidly learned about 'a father's cares and troubles' but he was impressed by his 'furious piano playing'.

Apart from piano he studied philosophy, mathematics and natural science. In 1862 he conducted a series of Wagner's works and in 1865 he started a piano school in Berlin. On 2 Jul 1871 he travelled to Leizpig with Liszt, but he contracted typhus and he died on 17 Jul. He was buried in Berlin.

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• was a friend of Liszt, Daniel
• was pupil of Liszt, Franz
• was teacher of Menter, Sophie
• was teacher of Parsons, Albert Ross
• knew Wagner, Richard


The grave of Carl Tausig at the Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Halleschen Tor, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (08 Apr 2003)


Tautenhayn, Carl

Published: 13 Sep 2008
Last update: 04 Jan 2022