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Born in Kashetin, Caucasus, April 30, 1858.
He studied under Reinecke and Brassin, and achieved a good reputation. His compositions include many piano pieces of considerable merit, and of individual interest.
He died in Rostroff-on-Don, February 23, 1890.
Keiser, Robert A.
Born in New York city in 1863.
Many of his songs and instrumental pieces have been very popular. Of his first song, "Uncertainty", the music was written before the words, which were afterward fitted to it. One of his best songs is "Love, When I Gaze", the words being translated from the German of Heine; and another, "The Gates of Paradise" (under his nom de plume, Robert A. King) has been very popular. His "American's Fair Women" waltzes, composed in 1893, and "Sorosis" waltzes, written more recently, have added to his reputation. "Fashions' Caprice" is, perhaps, the best known of his instrumental pieces.
Kelley, Edgar Stillman
Born in Sparta, Wis., April 14, 1857.
He began the study of music with his mother, and later became the pupil of F. W. Merriam, Clarence Eddy, and Ledochowski in Chicago. IN 1876 he went to Stuttgart, Germany, and for four years studied under Seifriz, Kruger, Speidel, and Finck. Returning to America, he settled in San Francisco, where later he became musical critic of the "Examiner". IN 1896 he removed to New York, where he taught in the College of Music and lectured for the university extension. In 1901-02 he was an instructor in music at Yale. His music to "Macbeth" (1885) gave him at once high rank among creative musicians. He wrote much music in the Chinese tone, some even in the limited Chinese scale, and his Chinese orchestral suite "Aladdin" was a popular number in the concerts of Anton Seidl, and of the Manuscript Society. His comic opera "Puritania" (1892) was performed more than 100 times. Music to "Prometheus Bound" and incidental music for "Ben Hur" brought him much credit, and he has also written many good songs.
Kern, Carl Wilhelm
Born in 1874 at Schlitz, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany.
Born in Rouen, France, in 1831.
In early youth he was a student at the Paris conservatoire, where he received the second prize for solfege in 1847. From his graduation till his death he played continually at concerts, and always with success. He won wide repute for his fantasies and drawing room pieces, of which he wrote a large number, but only a few of which are now well known.
He died in Paris, December 18, 1870.
Born in Neukirchen, Saxony, December 10, 1824
His musical training was conducted at the conservatory in Leipzig, and upon his graduation he became organist at Winterhur, Switzerland. He held this post till 1862, when he went to Zurich as conductor and teacher. In 1873-75 he was director of the Wurzburg conservatory. He passed some years in Leipzig and Dresden, and in 1890 settled in Hamburg.
Kirchner was a disciple of Schumann. His pieces, many of which are extremely popular, are fanciful and brilliant. Occasionally their merit is diminished by too much sentimentality, but their workmanship is always accurate and finished. Among his earlier publications, "Albumblatter" is the most popular. Of his later works, "Nachstuck" is most deserving of attention.
Born in Christiania, September 15, 1815.
He is chiefly known by his Northern ballads and lyrics, all of which conform to the high artistic standard to which he was always true. Many of them are quaintly fascinating, touched with a resigned but never morbid melancholy, the very stamp of Kjerulf's temperament. His works were an inspiration to Grieg and other Norwegian composers. Among the better known are the "Cradle Song", "Night on the Fjord", and "Synnove's Song".
He died in Christiania, August 11, 1868
de Koven, Reginald
Born in Hamburg in 1821
He studied music with Jacob Schmitt. His compositions, numbering about three hundred and fifty, are almost exclusively for the pianoforte. His most important work, and that by which he is best known, is a "method" in four sections containing practical studies.
He died in Hamburg, April 7, 1880.
Born in Prague December 10, 1823.
He was a pupil of Proksch, Tomoschek, and Thalberg, Julius Schulhoff being his fellow student. IN 1844-45 he played in Munich, Stuttgart, and other cities with pronounced success. In 1845 he went to play in England and settled there. He attained popularity as a teacher, performer, and promoter of concerts, and showed great enterprise in the annual festivals held in 1870-72, wherein he encouraged native talent and had many compositions of merit produced. He was appointed professor in the Royal Academy of Music in 1866. His compositions include drawing room pieces, fantasias, and studies. Among them are "Lieder ohne Worte", "Chanson d'Amour", "Etude de Concert", "Cujus Animam", etc.
Born in Krotoschin (Posen), Prussia, September 12, 1818.
He was instructed by Albrecht Agthe, hauch, Czerny, Sechter, and Nicolai, and from 1843 was music teacher to the children of the royal family. In conjunction with Stern and Marx, in 1851, he founded a conservatory at Berlin, and in 1855, after some disagreement, he started a new institution in the same city, called "Neue Akademie der Tonkunst". In 1861 he was made royal professor. He devoted himself principally to the drawing room style of composition, and published many popular transcriptions and arrangements. Besides being distinguished as pianist and teacher, he won fame as the author of standard books, his "School of Octave Playing" being in general use.
He died in Berlin, March 1, 1882.
Kunz, Konrad Max
Born in Schwandorf, Bavaria, December 30, 1812
His earlier musical education appears to have been largely conducted by himself when he was in the gymnasium at Amberg. Later he was a pupil of Stuntz, and taught music to others in order to support himself while studying medicine. Afterward he conducted the Liedertafel Singing Society, and wrote for it a number of very popular choruses. He published also a collection of 200 canons, a supplement to all pianoforte methods, which made him well known.
He died in Munich, August 3, 1875.
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