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Treatise on Harmony for the Pianist. Containing general Principles of Modulation for the Aquirement of the Art of Preluding and of Extemporizing, with Examples of Studies, Fugues, & Preludes for the Piano Forte. Translated from the Original by Robert Lincoln Cocks.
London, Messrs Robert Cocks & Co., []. 1849 - [First English Edition]. 36 x 26 cm. Engraved title, (2), 63 engraved pages plus 12 pages publishers list. Engraved cardboard soft cover. Very good condition. Covers rubbed and bumped. Age darkened, otherwise very clean and neat. Ex libris of previous owner inside (Alfred G Farmer). A nice copy. Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner (1785 - 1849) was a pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano manufacturer. German by birth, Kalkbrenner studied at the Paris Conservatoire starting at a young age and eventually settled in Paris, where he lived until his death in 1849. At his peak, Kalkbrenner was considered to be the foremost pianist in Europe. When Frédéric Chopin came to Paris, Kalkbrenner suggested that Chopin could benefit by studying in one of Kalkbrenner's schools. It was not until the late 1830s that Kalkbrenner's reputation was surpassed by the likes of Chopin and Franz Liszt. Kalkbrenner was a prolific composer of a multitude of piano works, piano concertos, and operas. Author of a famous method of piano playing (1831) which was in print until the late 19th century, he ran in Paris what is sometimes called a factory for aspiring virtuosos and taught scores of pupils. He was one of the few composers who through deft business deals became enormously rich. Chopin dedicated his first piano concerto to him. Today he is not so much remembered because of his music, but because of his alleged vanity. Kalkbrenner was convinced that, after the death of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, he was the only classical composer left, and he never hesitated to let the world know this.(Wikipedia) [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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