A Dictionary of Musicians from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time; Comprising the Most Important Biographical Contents of the Works of Gerber, Choron ... Together with Upwards of a Hundred Original Memoirs of the Most Eminent Volume 1

A Dictionary of Musicians from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time; Comprising the Most Important Biographical Contents of the Works of Gerber, Choron ... Together with Upwards of a Hundred Original Memoirs of the Most Eminent Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ... performance of which instrument the father wished to direct his son's talent and taste, was never sufficiently admired by young Cramer, to draw forth the latent powers of his genius, and it was not till he was discovered, when about six years old, to take every opportunity of practising privately on an old piano-forte, that his friends perceived the true bias of his mind; shortly after which, his father apprenticed him for three years to a German professor of that instrument, by the name of Benser; his next master being Schroeter, and his third, though only for the short term of one year, the celebrated Clementi. Cramer, on the completion of his tuition, had arrived at the age of thirteen, when, after another year's assiduous practice from the works of the best masters, his fame as a performer began to spread through the metropolis, and he was invited to play in public at several of the first concerts, where he astonished the most judicious audiences by his precocious brilliancy of touch and rapidity of execution. At the same time he studied the theory of music under C. F. Abel. The father and son may be considered as having been at this period two of the first instrumental performers in Europe; their assistance was anxiously sought for in every orchestra of importance throughout the kingdom; and it was not long after this time, that W. Cramer, who had for several years been chefd'orchestre at the opera, was appointed to lead at one of the commemorations of Handel in Westminster abbey; a professional honour of the very highest degree to which C R Aa violinist could aspire, and to which no one could have done greater justice. It should be recollected that the vocal and instrumental band on that occasion consisted of above eight hundred...show more

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  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 526g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236785347
  • 9781236785343