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Maelzel, Johann Nepomuk locked

  • Alexander Wheelock Thayer
  •  and Dixie Harvey


( b Regensburg, Aug 15, 1772; d at sea, July 21, 1838). German inventor . The son of an organ builder, he settled in Vienna in 1792 and devoted himself to teaching music and to constructing various mechanical devices, including a chronometer, and an automatic instrument of organ pipes imitating flutes and trumpets, and drums, cymbals and a triangle struck by hammers, which played music by Haydn, Mozart and Crescentini. In ...

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