Adolf von Henselt

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Adolf von Henselt (ä´dôlf fən hĕn´zəlt), 1814–89, German pianist and composer. One of the most brilliant performers of his time, he gave up his concert career in 1838 to become court pianist and teacher in St. Petersburg. He composed a concerto, salon pieces, and studies for the piano.

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Henselt, Adolf von (b Schwabach, Bavaria, 1814; d Warmbrunn, Silesia, 1889). Ger. pianist and composer. Went to St Petersburg 1838, becoming court pianist and teacher of Royal family. No tours after 1838 yet acclaimed as one of greatest pianists. Comp. pf. conc., 2 sets of 12 Studies, pf. pieces, etc.