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Paderewski, Ignace Jan
Born in Podolia, Russia, November 6, 1860.
He was early thrown on his own resources for a livelihood. From childhood he showed his love of music, and at seven began to study under a teacher. At twelve he gave public recitals. In 1872 he went to Warsaw and studied at the Conservatory under Raguski, and there at eighteen he became a professor. In 1884 he abandoned teaching, went to Vienna, worked under Leschetizky, and in 1887 in that city made his debut as a pianist, taking his place in the foremost ranks. Two years later he made his first appearance in Paris.
In 1890 Paderewski played in London, arousing great enthusiasm, as he also did in the United States during several visits paid to this country (1892, 1893, 1895-96, 1899, 1902, 1905). After his profitable season here in 1895-96 he gave a fund of $10,000, the interest to be devoted to prizes for American composers. His opera "Manru" was produced by himself in this country in 1902. He is universally recognized as one of the greatest pianists the world has seen. Paderewski's compositions for the piano include many well known works, and he has also written pleasing songs.
Born in Genoa, October 27, 1782.
At a very early age he began to receive musical training, at six could play the violin, and at nine made his first public appearance. In 1797, in company with his father, he made a successful tour in Lombardy, and afterward he traveled alone over the greater part of Italy. He was appointed principal violinist to the court chapel at Lucca in 1805, and held this position till 1808. Thereafter, for twenty years, he toured Italy, sometimes in a wandering and obscure manner. A new chapter in his career opened in 1828 with a great triumph in Vienna. From this time his fame was world wide. the wonder he excited was caused not merely by the extraordinary skill and charm of his execution, but also by his personal eccentricities, in which there was something weird and, as many thought, almost demoniacal. In tricks of virtuosity he was an adept. His imitation of the flageolet and his performance of entire pieces on the G string seems especially marvelous. The Emperor of Austria made him court virtuoso, and the King of Prussia bestowed on him a like honor. In Germany, France, and England he was equally successful. Paganini is still the most celebrated of violinists. Among his compositions, which are not numerous, one of the best known is the "Carnival of Venice".
He died in Nice, May 27, 1840.
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi Da
Paradies (or Paradisi), Pietro Domenico
Born ins Naples, Italy, in 1710
He was a pupil of Porpora, and gained reputation as a teacher, a player on the harpischord, and a dramatic composer. He was a man of much talent, and for a long time was popular in London. IN 1747 he produced "Phaeton" at the King's Theater, Six airs from this were later published and were frequently sung by Signora Galli. Paradies returned to Italy, but at what time is not known. He was little heard of in his latter years. A sonata in D by him is printed by Pauer in his "Alte Meister", and another in A in his "Alte Klavier-Musik". Some manuscript music is Paradies' own hand is in the Fitzwilliam Collection at Cambridge, England.
He died in Venice in 1792.
Born in Vienna, Austra, December 21, 1826
He studied there under Theodore Dirzka, W. A. Mozart, Jr., and Sechter, and at Munich with Franz Lachner. In 1847 he was made director of the musical societies in Mainz. He played the pianoforte in London in 1851, and a year or two later made him home here, still keeping up his connections with the Continent. In 1859 he became professor at the Royal Academy of Music; in 1866 was made pianist to the Austrian Court; the next year was appointed principal professor at the National Training School, and in 1883 accepted a professorship in the Royal College of Music, which he held till 1896. In 1879 he was appointed musical examiner at Cambridge University. From 1870 Pauer lectured in many places on the history of music, etc. He also edited valuable editions of classical composers, and published writings of his own. His compositions include operas, a symphonies, quartets, quintets, pianoforte solos, and songs.
Phelps, Ellsworth S
Born in Syracuse, N. Y. in 1857
He traveled as a virtuoso for several years, and then studied in Germany. His first composition was written in 1882, since which time he has published several hundred pieces. Among the best known are; "Sylvan Dreams", "Love's Caprice", (Op. 145), "Mazurka Brilliante", for the violin, and "Daffodil Melody", "Gavotte Impromptu", "Follet Caprice". He has also written ballads and songs.
Born in Metz, August 16, 1863
His musical training was received at the Paris Conservatory from Marmontel, Massenet, and Franck. In 1890 he became organist at the Church of Ste. Clothilde. He wrote several operas, orchestral works, many instrumental and vocal compositions and a piano concerto.
Born in Prague, Bohemia, December 9, 1843.
His musical education was conducted at the Prague Conservatory. In 1868-73 he was solo 'cellist of the Vienna Royal Opera. Subsequently he made extensive tours. He was among the foremost of modern exponents of the 'cello, and his compositions for it have been widely used.
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