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Franck, Eduard

Franck, Eduard

Franck, Eduard, German pianist, pedagogue, and composer, father of Richard Franck; b. Breslau, Oct. 5, 1817; d. Berlin, Dec. 1, 1893. At the age of 17 he studied with Mendelssohn, and later he met Schumann and became his friend. These assns. were the formative factor in the development of his career. He wrote piano pieces and songs in a Romantic vein, closely adhering to the style of Mendelssohn and, to some extent, of Schu-mann. As a piano teacher, he enjoyed great renown. He taught in Cologne (1851–58), Bern (1859–67), and Berlin (1867–92). Among his works are 2 piano concertos, 2 violin concertos, much chamber music, and numerous collections of piano pieces.

Bibliography

P. and A. Feuchte, Die Komponisten E. F. und Richard Franck: Leben und Werk, Dokumente, Quellen (Stuttgart, 1993).

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