Violin History & Timeline
The Roots of Famous Violinists
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 (1850—52) 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).