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Friedrich Kalkbrenner

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Friedrich Wilhelm Kalkbrenner (7 November 1785–10 June 1849) was a German pianist and composer.

Son of Christian Kalkbrenner (1755-1806), a musician of Cassel, Friedrich was educated at the Paris Conservatoire, and soon began to play in public. From 1814 to 1823 he was well known as a brilliant performer and a successful teacher in London, and then settled in Paris, dying at Enghien, near there, in 1849.

As a teacher Kalkbrenner developed a piano playing technique that kept the musician’s strength in the fingers and hands, instead of the forearm. This technique was used by his student Camille-Marie Stamaty, who taught it to his student, Camille Saint-Saëns.

He became a member of the Paris piano-manufacturing firm of Pleyel & Co., and made a fortune by his business and his art combined. His numerous compositions are less remembered now than his instruction-book, with studies, which has long been popular among pianists.

Chopin’s first piano concerto is dedicated to Kalkbrenner.

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  • Alexface21

    Why is Kalkbrenner not more famous? Really important composer for his time.

    14 Jan 2012 Reply