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MOSZKOWSKI, MORITZ:

German pianist and composer; born Aug. 23, 1854, at Breslau, where he received his early musical education. After a further course of musical training at Dresden and at the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst at Berlin, he acted for several years as teacher in the last-mentioned institution. He then gave concerts in Berlin, and in 1873 made a successful tour through Germany and visited Russia and France. An accident to his arm compelled him to abandon public performances for several years, during which he produced some of his best compositions. In 1897 Moszkowski removed to Paris. The influence of Chopin is very marked in his works. Some of his pianoforte productions, such as the serenade "Aus Aller Herren Ländern" and the "Spanish Dances," have had great vogue. His opera "Bobadil," first performed at the Royal Opera-House, Berlin, in 1892, was favorably received, the ballet-music being especially pleasing. Among his other productions may be mentioned the symphonic poem "Jeanne d'Arc"; a pianoforte concerto in E major; two orchestral suites; "Phantastischer Zug," for orchestra; a violin concerto; and a number of pianoforte compositions.

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