(b Kassel, 1777; d Dublin, 1846). Ger.-born flautist, bandmaster, organist, and piano-teacher. Went to Eng. in 1791 and settled in Dublin 1809, opening music-shop and conducting at th. In 1814 invented and patented the Chiroplast, evolving system of teaching based on its use in training the hands for pf.-playing. Went to Berlin for 3 years. Returned to Dublin 1829, managing a music-shop. His Thoroughbass (1818) was first textbook studied by Wagner. Wrote pf. conc., sonatas, etc.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.