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Carl Czerny

Austrian Born 20 Feb 1791 Died 15 Jul 1857

A precociously gifted Austrian pianist, Carl Czerny is best known for his piano studies, especially those collected in his Complete Theoretical an Practical Pianoforte School.

At the age of ten he became a pupil of Beethovenand made his first public appearance in Vienna in 1800, when he played Mozart's C minor Piano Concerto.

He was subsequently renowned for his interpretations of Beethoven’s piano music with its demands for a legato style suited to the newer forms of the instrument.

Czerny gave up the life of a travelling virtuoso to become a composer and piano teacher who counted Sigismond Thalberg, Franz Liszt and Stephen Heller among his numerous pupils.

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