Schmitt, Jacob, German pianist, teacher, and composer, brother of Aloys Schmitt and uncle of George Aloys Schmitt; b. Obernburg, Bavaria, Nov. 2, 1803; d. Hamburg, May 24, 1853. He studied with his brother, becoming a reputable piano teacher. He wrote about 370 piano pieces, including sonatinas for 2- and 4-hands, numerous studies, rondos, and nocturnes. Especially useful is his Musikalisches Schatzkästlein, a collection of 133 short piano piece.
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