Sigismond Thalberg


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(b Geneva, 1812; d Posillipo, 1871).

Swiss‐born Austrian pianist and composer. Public début 1826. London début 1830, followed by tour of Ger., playing his own conc. and other works. Paris 1835; London 1836, after which he and Liszt were regarded as two greatest rival virtuosi. Toured USA 1856 with Vieuxtemps, entering opera management. Wrote 2 operas, pf. conc., and many pf. works and songs. Contrib. to Hexaméron, 1837.

Subjects: Music.

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