Willi and Louis Thern
Vilmos (Willi, Willy or Wilhelm) Thern (22 June 1847 – 7 April 1911) and Lajos (Louis) Thern (18 December 1848 – 12 March 1920) were Hungarian pianists and teachers. They were the sons of the composer and conductor Károly Thern.
Willi was born in Pest, Louis in Buda. They studied under their father; Louis had further study in Leipzig under Ignaz Moscheles and Carl Reinecke, and made his debut at the Gewandhaus. They formed a famous piano duo, appearing from 1866 onwards. They were heard annually in London and Liverpool, made many tours of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and in Paris they played in fashionable salons and were friendly with people such as Prince Metternich, Baron d'Erlanger, Rossini and Berlioz.
They were also prolific arrangers for piano 4-hands, including:
- Beethoven's First and Third Piano Concertos
- 15 string quartets, a set of piano trios, and 24 symphonies of Joseph Haydn
- three piano quartets, two string quintets and the Octet in E flat, Op. 20 of Felix Mendelssohn.
Liszt's transcription for piano 4-hands of four marches by Franz Schubert, S. 632, was dedicated to Willi and Louis Thern.