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��much as Thalberg treated it infra dignitatem. Kriehuber made a splendid portrait of Thai- berg, though it seems never to have gone largely into the trade. In fact Thalberg never encouraged the hero-worship of himself in any shape.

Thalberg appeared at the Philharmonic Concerts in London on May 9 and June 6, 1836. He played at the first concert his Grand Fantasia, op. i, and at the second his Caprice No. 2 in Eb.

The following is a list of his published com- positions, in the order of their opus-number, from the ' Biographical Lexicon of the Austrian Em- pire' of Dr. von Wurzbach (1882). The first three were published as early as 1828, when he was 1 6 years old.

(Eu- 43. Gr.

��L Fantaisie et variations


2. Do. Do. (Them* ecossais). S. Impromptu (Siege de Corin-


4. Souvenirs de Vlenne.

5. Gran Concerto (F minor). 6W. Hommage a Rossini (Gull.


6. Fantaisie (Robert le Diable).

7. Grand Divertissement (F 52. Fa


8. Sechs deutsche Lieder (16).

9. Fantaisie (La Straniera).

10. Gr. Fantaisie et Variations (I


11. Sechs deutsche Lleder (7-12).

12. Gr. Funtaisie et Variations


13. Sechs deutsche Lleder (13-18)

14. Gr. Fantaisie et Variations 58. Gr.

(Don Juan).

15. Caprice E minor.

16. 2 Nocturnes (Ffl, B).

17. 2 Airs russes varies (G).

18. Divertissement (Soirees musi-


19. 2nd Caprice (Eb).

20. Fantaisie (Huguenots).

21. 3 Nocturnes.

22. Grand Fantaisie.

23. Sechs deutsche Lleder (1924). 66. In trod, et V

24. Sechs ditto do. (25-30).

25. Sechs ditto do. (31-36).

26. 12 Etudes.

27. Gr. Fantaisie (God save the

Queen and Rule Britannia) 70. L'Art

23. Nocturne (E).

29. Sechs deutsche Lleder (37-42). 70

30. Secbs ditto do. (4348).

31. Scherzo (A).

32. Andante in Db. S3. Fantaisie (Moise).

34. Divertissement (Gipsy's Warn


SB. Grand Nocturne (Fj). S6bis. Etrennes auz jeunes Pi-

anlstes. Nocturne. 8S. (1) La Cadence. Impromptu

(A minor). (2) Nouv. Etude

de Perfection. (S)M1 manca la

voce (Ab). (4)LaRomanesca.

(5) Canzonette Itallenne. (6)

Romance sans paroles. ST. Fantaisie (Oberon). 88. Romance et Etude (A). 99. Souvenir de Beethoven.

talsle (A minor). 40. Fantaisie (Donna del Lago). 41. 2 Romances sans paroles. 42. Gr. Fantaisie (Serenade

Menuet, D. Juan).

��Fantaisie No. 2 (Hugue- nots).

44. Andante final de Lucia, variee.

45. Theme orig. et Etude (A


46. Gr. Caprice (Sonnambula).

47. Gr. Valses brillantes.

48. Gr. Caprice (Charles VI).

50. Fantaisie (Lucrezia).

51. Gr. Fantaisie (Semiramide).

'antaisie (La Muette).

53. Gr. Fantaisie (Zampa)

54. Thalberg et de Beriot. Or.

Duo coucertante (Semira- mide).

55. Le Depart, variee en forme


56. Grand Senate (C minor).

57. 10 Morceaux, servant d'Ecole


Caprice (Marche de Ber- lioz).

59. Marche funebre variee.

fiO. Barcarole.

61. Melodies Styriennes Gr. Fant.

arr. par Wolff.

62. Valse melodique.

63. Gr. Fantaisie (Barbler).

64. Les Capricieuses, Valses. 35. Tarantelle.

65. Souvenir de Pesth.

ar. sur la Barcarole deL'ElisIre. 67 Gr. Fantaisie (Don Pasquale).

68. Fantaisie (Fille du Regiment).

69. Trio.

du chant applique* au Piano. 4 Series containing 22 transcriptions, a. Ballade de I'reciosa ; transc. 70 b. Grand duo de Freischutz. 71. Florinda, opt-ra. 6 Transcrip- tions.

72 or 74. Home, sweet home 1 . . Variee.

73. The last rose of summer. . .


74. Lilly Dale . . Variee.

75. Les Soirees de Pauslllppe. 24

Fensees muslcales, in 6 books.

76. Oelebre Ballade.

. Gr. Fantaisie de Concert (U


78. Ditto. do. (TraTlata). 79 a. 3 Melodies de F. Schubert transcrltes.

mance dramatique. 80. La Napolltalne. Danse.

Souvenir du Ballo in Maschera. 82. Ditto de Rlgoletto.

r d'Amazily (Fernand Cor- tez).

��Fan- 796. Ror

��et 83. Air

��"Unnumbered pieceg.-A.ut FlOgeln (Mendelssohn) transcr. 2 Mor- ceaux sur Lucrezia. -Arietta, 'No so fremar.' Zwei Gedlchte. Thalberg and P&nofka. Grand Duo. Graclosa. Rom. sans paroles. Noctumo in D \-Romance yariee in F.k-Viola, Melodie.-Thalberg Galoppe. La Berceuse. Le flls du Corse. Pauline, Valse. Larmes d'une jeuue ftlle. -Pianoforte School.


��THAYER, ALEXANDER WHEELOOK, the bio. grapher of Beethoven, was born near Boston, U. S. A., at South Natick, . Massachusetts, Oct. 22, 1817, and is descended from original settlers of 1629. In 1843 he graduated at Harvard University, took the degree of Bachelor of Laws there, and was for a few years employed in the College library. In 1849 he left America for Europe, and remained for more than two years in Bonn, Berlin, Prague, and Vienna, studying Ger- man, corresponding with newspapers at home, and collecting materials for a life of Beethoven, the idea of which had presented itself to him while at Harvard, and which has since been his one serious pursuit for 30 years. In 1852 he tried journal- ism on the staff of the New York 'Tribune,' but only to the detriment of his health. ' Dwight's Journal of Music ' was started at Boston in April 1852, and Thayer soon became a promi- nent and favourite writer therein. In 1854 he returned to Germany, and worked hard at the rich Beethoven materials in the Royal Library at Berlin for nearly a year. Hi-health and want of means drove him back to Boston in 1856, and amongst other work he there catalogued the musical library of Lowell Mason. In the summer of 1858, by Mason's help, he was enabled to cross once more to Europe, re- mained for some months in Berlin and Frank- fort on the Oder, and in 1859 arrived at Vienna more inspired than ever for his mission. A severe and able review of Marx's Beethoven in the ' Atlantic Monthly,' republished in German by Otto Jahn, had made him known in Germany, and henceforth the Biography became his voca- tion. The next year was passed in Berlin, Vienna, Gratz, Linz, Salzburg, Frankfort, Bonn, etc., in intercourse with Hiittenbrenner, We- geler, Schindler and other friends of Beethoven, in minute investigation of documents, and in a fruitless visit to Paris for the sake of papers elucidating the history of Bonn. His next visit was to London, where he secured the reminis- cences of Neate, Potter, and Hogarth (Neate's particularly valuable), and received much sub- stantial kindness from Chorley. From England he returned to Vienna, and in 1862 accepted a small post in the U. S. Legation there, afterwards exchanged for that of U. S. Consul at Trieste, where he still resides. His book is entitled 'Ludwig van Beethoven's Leben.' It was written in English, translated into Ger- man by Herr H. Deiters of Bonn, and published by Weber of Berlin vol. I (1770-1796) in 1866; vol. 2 (1792-1806) in 1872; vol. 3 (1807-1816) in 1879. Vol. 4 is in preparation, but can hardly finish the work, since II full and complicated years are still left to be described.

The quantity of new letters and facts, and of rectifications of dates, contained in the book is very great. For the first time Beethoven's life is placed on a solid basis of fact. At the same time Mr. Thayer is no slavish biographer. He views his hero from a perfectly independent point of view, and often criticises his caprice or harshness (as in the cases of Malzel and

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