Life of Moscheles: With Selections from his Diaries and Correspondence

Life of Moscheles: With Selections from his Diaries and Correspondence

by Charlotte Moscheles
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Born in Prague, pianist and composer Ignaz Moscheles (1794–1870) studied in Vienna and rapidly became a central figure in European musical life. He lived and worked in London for twenty-five years, leaving in 1846 to become principal professor of piano at the Leipzig Conservatoire at the invitation of his great friend Mendelssohn. As a pianist, he was renowned for his incisive technique rooted in the tradition of Clementi, and also much admired for his extempore performances. As a composer his output was mainly for the piano, and his studies are still in use today. First published in 1872–3, this lively biography, compiled from his diaries and letters by his wife Charlotte, records his dealings with and feelings about many great musicians of the nineteenth century. Reissued here is the 1873 English translation by Arthur Duke Coleridge, founder of the Bach Choir. Volume 1 covers the years up to 1836.

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ISBN-13: 9781108077866
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2014
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Music Series
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Note; 1. Early recollections; 2. Moscheles' diary; 3. Impressions of Leipzig; 4. Baron Poiféré de Cère; 5. Mälzel's metronome; 6. Visit to Bath; 7. Prague; 8. Hanover; 9. Stormy voyage to Ireland; 10. Tour in Germany; 11. Edinburgh; 12. Moscheles' productions; 13. An accident; 14. Moscheles as an orchestral writer; 15. Concerts in the north of England; 16. Stars of the Italian opera; 17. 'Trial night' of the Philharmonic Society.

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