Friedrich Willhelm Kalkbrenner
The German-born piano virtuoso Frederic Kalkbrenner (1785-1849) studied
at the Paris Conservatoire, where he earned prizes in piano and in harmony.
He gained his greatest renown in England after 1814, where he, along with
Cramer, Dussek, and Clementi, belonged to the front rank of English concert
artists. When he arrived in Paris in 1831, Frederic Chopin would seek
out Kalkbrenner as a teacher. Kalkbrenner’s Methode, like
the piano tutors of Clementi and Montgeroult, includes various études
for building stamina and strength. This is a major difference between
English and German tutors: the former place greater emphasis on brilliant
technique, the latter on subtle nuance. A practicing device called the
modèle de guide mains is shown here. The pianist is advised
to rest his arms on the bar while practicing the études.
Friedrich Willhelm Kalkbrenner. Methode pour apprendre
le piano-forté à l'aide du guide-mains … Paris:
Chez I. Pleyel, [18--].
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