Leopold von Meyer

December 12, 2007

Leopold von Meyer, (sometimes called “de Meyer”), was born in Baden, near Vienna, Austria on December 20th 1816 and died in Dresden, Germany on March 6th 1883. A piano-virtuoso of great technical ability, Meyer was a pupil of Czerny and Fischhof. After his debut in 1835 he spent most of his life on extended pianistic tours throughout Europe and America (1845-47), sojourning 1867-68 in Vienna. He abjured classical music in favor of his own shallow compositions, chiefly light salon-pieces and dances, which he played, however, in peculiarly effective style, somewhat marred by his extravagant contortions. His valse, “Souvenir de Vienne,” is opus 180 in “The Biography of Leopold de Meyer” (London, 1845).

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