Neate, Charles, English pianist, cellist, and composer; b. London, March 28, 1784; d. Brighton, March 30, 1877. He studied music with James Windsor and later took piano lessons with John Field. He further studied cello with W. Sharp and composition with Wolff. He started his career as a pianist at London’s Covent Garden in the Lenten Oratorio performances (1800). In 1813 he became one of the founders of the London Phil. Society, with which he appeared as performer and conductor. In 1815 he went to Vienna, where he succeeded in entering into a friendly relationship with Beethoven. He composed 2 piano sonatas, a Quintet for Piano, Woodwinds, and Double Bass, and 2 piano trios, and also publ. An Essay on Fingering (1855). Literature on Beethoven frequently mentions Neate’s relationship with him.
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