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Eugen d'Albert

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Eugen d'Albert

Biography

Eugen Francis d'Albert (10 April 1864, Glasgow, Scotland – 3 March 1932, Riga, Lativa) was a Scottish-born composer and pianist.

D'Albert received his early music instruction from his father, a composer of popular music and dances. He attended the New Music School in London and at the age of 17 appeared as a piano soloist in his own concerto at a Crystal Palace (London) concert. He later studied with Franz Liszt and, in 1895, was appointed conductor at Weimar, Germany. In 1907, he became director of the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin.

He never attained the promise that his early achievements seemed to presage, and his personal life was equally unfulfilling. d'Albert was a prolific composer. Some of his songs were well known, as was his overture to the opera The Improvisator.


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