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HOFFMANN, Richard  (1844-1918)

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Hoffman, Richard, English-American pianist and composer; b. Manchester, May 24, 1831; d. Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Aug. 17, 1909. He received his 1st instruction from his father and then studied with Leopold de Meyer, Pleyel, Moscheles, Rubinstein, DOhler, and Liszt. He spent most of his life in the U.S. and was a major figure in American musical life, but chose to retain his British citizenship. (Perhaps this was due to his having the same birthdate as Queen Victoria; on their joint birthday he would place a British flag on the mantel and play God Save the Queen on the piano.) He went to N.Y. in 1847; traveled with Jenny Lind on her American tour (185052) as joint artist; appeared often with Gottschalk in duo-piano recitals. He was a prolific composer, mainly of salon music for piano; wrote about 100 opus numbers; also songs, anthems, etc. He publ. Some Musical Recollections of Fifty Years (N.Y., 1910).