Friedrich Kalkbrenner

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Kalkbrenner's portrait by Auguste Bry, after a drawing by Alphonse Farcy

Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner , also Frédéric Kalkbrenner (born November 7, 1785 during his mother's trip between Kassel and Berlin , † June 10, 1849 in Enghien-les-Bains near Paris ) was a Franco-German pianist and composer .


As the son of Christian Kalkbrenner , he received his training from Louis Adam at the Paris Conservatory (1799–1801) and at the Vienna Conservatory (1803/04). Supporters and teachers in Vienna included Joseph Haydn , Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Ludwig van Beethoven .

He began his work as a piano teacher and pianist in Paris . From 1818 he successfully continued this career with Johann Bernhard Logier in London . A concert tour to Germany followed. He settled in Paris around 1824 and founded an advanced music school .

Kalkbrenner's method of playing the piano was continued by his pupil Camille Stamaty and mentioned with approval by Franz Liszt . Kalkbrenner was an idol of Frédéric Chopin , who dedicated his piano concerto in E minor to him. He became a business partner of the piano maker Ignaz Pleyel and achieved a high reputation. Friedrich Kalkbrenner was one of the most famous pianists of his time, especially in France.

Kalkbrenner died in 1849, the same year as Chopin, of complications from cholera . He was buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre .

Works (selection)

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 61 (1823)
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 85 (1826)
  • Piano Concerto No. 3 in A minor, Op. 107 (1829)
  • Piano Concerto No. 4 in A flat major, Op. 127 (1835)
  • Grande Sonate for piano in F major op.28
  • Sonata in A flat major op.177
  • Grand Trio No. 1 for piano, violin and violoncello in E minor op.7
  • Grand Trio No. 2 for piano, violin and violoncello in A flat major op.14
  • Third trio for piano, violin and bass in B flat major op.26
  • Fourth trio for piano, violin and violoncello in D major op.84
  • Fifth Grand Trio for piano, violin and violoncello in A flat major op.149
  • Large quintet for piano, clarinet, horn, violoncello and double bass in A minor op.81
  • Great septet op.132
  • Adagio ed Allegro di bravura op.102 (1830)
  • Les Charmes de la Walse op.73
  • Polonaise brilliant in B flat major op.55
  • Introduction and rondino for piano on "Ahi! Povero Calpigi" from Salieri's Tarare op. 78


Web links

Commons : Friedrich Kalkbrenner  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner , musicalics