ClaudioArrauwas born inChillánJune 1stFebruary1903.His father,CarlosArrauOjeda,died when he wasonly a year.His mother, Lucrecia Leon,piano teacher, directed hisfirst steps andlearning in theworld of music. His abilitywas such thatat 5 yearsperformed his firstconcert at theTeatroMunicipalde Chillán.
By 1909, he completed a series ofhearings beforeCongressand the PresidentPedroMontt, whichresulted inthe delivery ofa scholarship–alasted ten yearsfrom1911to study inGermany,at which pointit would becomea true citizenof the world.Moved toBerlinwith his motherand brothers,CarlosandLucrecia, beganhis studies withteachersof great prestige.In 1913, from the approach thatcamewithRosita Renard, who was studyingpianoat thesameEuropean city,the teacherMartinKrausewas linked. Their relationshipwent beyond theacademic,Arrauconsidered itashisfather figure.Krause‘s death in 1918, resultedin the younga setback.
Already enshrinedin Germany around1920, bothseasonedclassic–romantic musicand avant-gardecontemporary compositionsinterpreter,Arrauundertookseveral tours ofNorth America, South America and Chilewhich eventuallyconfirmedhis virtuosityworld.
In 1933 hedebutedmusicallyinMexico. There,three years laterhe playedthe music ofthefilmJoséBohrDream of love, based on the lifeofLiszt,and participated in thefilmby the same directorWho KilledEve?
At the start ofWorld War IIleft, with his wife, his residence in Nazi Germany, settling in the UnitedStates.
It began to beextensively disseminatedthrough twopiano rolls, producedin London in1922, but it was withthe countlessmusical productionsmade from the1950s thatsaw themassofArrauworldwide, reaching audiences ofthe mostvaried segments.
Scholar Alan Walker described it as “arguably one of the greatest keyboard works … of the nineteenth century”. The piece has received a lot of analytical attention, particularly regarding its musical form.